SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - The "polar vortex" may be behind us, but now there's something new upon us called the "pollen vortex."
The cold weather has left many plants and trees dormant, but now the sudden warm weather is causing those trees and plants to bloom quickly and create pollen. That pollen is affecting people who suffer from allergies.
To make things worse, a report by the EPA predicts that plants and tress may bloom earlier each year creating even more allergy problems.
"I feel more for my sons because they really have it bad and one of them lives in Charlotte. It's really bad down there so, I hope it doesn't get any worse," says Pete Kouchinski who suffers from allergies.
"The worst of it is probably when I can't get to sleep and I stay up all night trying not to think about it," says Bear Webster, who lives in Staunton.
Here are 5 Tips To Tackle Allergies:
1. Keep windows closed to keep pollen from entering you house.
2. Wash your hair and clothes to get rid of pollen
3. Stay indoors as much as possible to minimize exposure.
4. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments.
5. Consider allergy medicine. Talk to your doctor first.