Are you sneezing more this week? ‘Snow mold’ could be the culprit – WCCO
Originally published March 18, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Melting snow is the discovery of molds that give allergies to blues. Snow mold is a lawn disease caused by a fungus that both resembles snow and tends to infect grass. And it gets worse with the melting snow.
Melting snow causes sneezing attacks and other allergy-related symptoms.
“It’s a very unpleasant thing to live with. It’s very bad, it ruins your quality of life,” said Dr Joshua Dorn, allergist at Hennepin Healthcare.
From itchy eyes to runny noses, allergy sufferers struggle with the changing seasons.
“The mold that lies under the snow in the winter, when it melts in the spring, releases spores into the air, and for people with allergies, it can cause allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, nose runny, sneezing and sometimes asthma symptoms in people who have it,” Dorn said.
Snow mold doesn’t even have to be in or near your yard for it to affect you.
“It releases spores into the air, usually enough to travel a good distance,” Dorn said.
Lawns will begin to green as air and ground temperatures continue to rise over the next month. The snowpack is melting rapidly in the lower third of the state, including around the Twin Cities.
With warmer temperatures in the forecast, you can expect more melting and more sneezing.
“With allergies, this time of year can suffer from mold or sometimes tree pollen that starts very early when trees start pollinating in late March and early April,” Dorn said.
For allergy sufferers, there are treatments to help you cope.
“You’ll start with allergy pills you get at the store or sometimes nasal sprays, and if that’s not enough, sometimes you need more treatments like allergy shots or immune therapy to help you get better. less allergic to certain things,” Dorn said.