Allergy Attack


Brace yourselves, allergy season is coming.

It seems that this winter has lasted forever. Campus was even blanketed by an inch or so of snow last week.

The sun has finally broken out, which means students will spend the majority of their free time outside for the remainder of the year. Those with allergies, however, should begin to take precautions now.

Allergy sufferers will have a particularly hard time these next few weeks. The cold weather during March left tree pollen counts down, meaning the sudden warm weather will cause pollen levels to soar.

Students with allergies should be grateful that this year’s Easter break is coming when it is. predicts this weekend’s pollen forecast to fluctuate between moderate and low. The forecast for next weekend, however, varies from high to very high.

Indoor dust and pollen are expected to be the major contributors for sneezers, coughers and eye-scratchers.

“I love when it’s this nice outside,” senior Jack Carmody said. “But my eye’s itch like crazy around this time. Doesn’t stop me from hitting the driving range. Just makes it frustrating.”

According to the 2014 Spring Allergy Capitals report released by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Scranton ranks 58th in “most challenging place to live in with allergies.”

Local honey has long been rumored to help cope with allergies, the belief being that bee’s bring pollen into their honeycombs. According to, however, there is no scientific proof that eating raw honey helps at all.

If prescribed, start taking medicine now. Otherwise, there are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that can help. Regardless, start taking care of yourself soon. If you wait until you begin to suffer, you have already lost.

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