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Allergy sufferers throughout the region have fallen victim to an uncharacteristically warm winter that has caused tree pollen to skyrocket earlier than in past years, sending scores into allergy-induced misery, according to Howard County Health Officer Peter Beilenson.
Forecasters say it's going to be a gorgeous weekend. With unseasonable warmth can come unseasonable problems. A George Washington University doctor recommends people take it easy outside.
Those who suffer from seasonal allergies may one day be able to alleviate their symptoms without popping pills.
"When you have an earlier start to the season, that doesn't necessarily mean that your season will end earlier," Dr. Rachel Schreiber of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital tells WTOP.
On Nov 9, 2005, a Hillcrest Elementary School student with a peanut allergy was given a peanut butter sandwich by a cafeteria worker at lunchtime