In many areas, a later spring than usual has caused many plants, which normally bloom at different times over a
period of weeks, to blossom at the same time, creating a
perfect pollen storm
and causing a
wave of stuffy, swollen sinuses and itchy, watery eyes.
"Seasonal allergies affect all parts of the upper respiratory system plus the eyes," Dr. Marvin Lipman, chief medical adviser at Consumer Reports, said in a statement. "There's usually no single magic bullet.