An estimated 35 million Americans are plagued by seasonal allergies, and Minnesota's delayed spring has some people starting to feel it now -- but experts say the intense season should be short.
While struggling to enjoy the sunshine, Sarah Maderich admitted her allergies are downright annoying.
"It's been about a week and it's been terrible. Worse than ever," said Maderich.
The incessant sneezing is the tell-tale sign of the seasonal symptoms millions of Americans dread each and every spring.
"Kind of woozy in the head, cloggy and runny nose -- not pretty symptoms," Maderich said.
At the Minnesota Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Burnsville, Dr. James Lakin told FOX 9 News that allergy suffers like Maderich are far from alone. In fact, the numbers nationwide are increasing.
"The bottom line is yes it's becoming more and more common more loss time form work and school asthmatics, more hospitalized, more of a burden on the healthcare system," said Lakin.
After a delayed Minnesota spring, Lakin said Minnesota may see a shorter allergy season this year -- but it also is going to be worse than in years past.
"The main problem at present is tree pollen. It started to come out into the atmosphere just about four weeks ago," Lakin explained. "The trees will start pollinating long before they start budding."
While that pollination spree was certainly held at bay for a while by the cold and snowy spring, Lakin said it couldn't last.
"You can only buy off Mother Nature for so long," he said. "I'm afraid what we are starting to see is a much more intense pollination that is occurring."
Lakin recommends sleeping with windows shut and staying indoors in air conditioning helps. If that's not possible for doesn't help allergy suffers can try over the counter medicine before turning their doctor.
"If you can't stay away from the pollen and have to go outside in the next 3 months...then I'd take a look at any of the good over the counter antihistamines."