(WJLA) - Krysta Gamble is sick, but she doesn't have the flu. Her allergies flared up when temperatures soared this weekend. It has happened a few times this winter when the region has gone from balmy to bitterly cold and then back again.
"When it gets warm, then cold, then warm, then cold is really when I start feeling the pressure and congestion," she says.
Allergist Dr. Courtney Blair says this winter has been especially problematic:
"Weather definitely affects people's allergies and asthma."
This scene sums up how confused the fluctuating weather has us. In one place, two people are dressed very differently. And some plants and flowers are already making appearances, as traces of tree pollen have already arrived. This is affecting some of Dr. Blair's patients.
"If they're sensitized to tree pollen, that might be creating more sneezing, itching watery eyes, even more asthmatic symptoms like coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath," he explains.
Inevitably, the weather will warm up and remain that way, so the trickle of tree pollen will turn into a deluge. This is not necessarily good news for allergy sufferers, but Krysta Gamble looks forward to at least a bit of consistency in the weather:
"Your body starts to get adjusted and then immediately it goes back to cold. So you just never have sufficient time to really get adjusted."