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There's nothing fun about dealing with seasonal allergies. Read below to find out what the symptoms are if you think you may be a sufferer. Here, you can also read the latest news and tips about what to expect in the upcoming season and how to deal with the biggest allergy-triggering culprits. Don't forget to check out NYC allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett's weekly allergy blog for everyday health tips!

NYC Allergist Seasonl Allergy Tips

Superweeds: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You
The heavy use of Roundup weed killer is creating pesticide-resistant superweeds that threaten farmers and may worsen seasonal allergies.

Allergies Are on the Rise!
See Dr. Bassett's weekly blog for Everyday Health

Humidifier Help For Dry Air
Are you waking up with dry skin, scratchy eyes and a sore throat? If so, you are probably suffering from wintry dry air.

The Best Humidifiers for Dry Skin And Stuffy Sinuses
Adding moisture to your room in the winter months can make a big difference in how you look and feel, especially if you have dry nasal and sinus passages.

Your New Year's Celebration Can Cause More Than A Hangover
For some people, drinking may trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.

HealthWatch: Holiday Allergies
'Tis the season for beautiful windows and decorations, Christmas trees and allergies

Keep Allergies At Bay This Holiday Season
While many people report added stress during the holidays, Dr. Bassett says the season can also uncover hidden allergies that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Parental Stress Boosts Kids’ Asthma Risk
Air pollution from cars can increase a childs chances of developing asthma, but add parental stress and the odds for asthma get even higher, a new study finds.

5 Allergy Fighters You May Not Have Thought Of
By Leah Zerbe, Rodale.com. You can ease your allergy ailments
without prescription and over-the-counter drugs this season.

Mosquito Bite Allergies

'Skeeter Syndrome'
July 8, 2009 - New York (CBS TV) - New York health experts are expecting a bumper crop of mosquitoes in 2009 after the state experienced large amounts of rain in June. Officials are reporting seeing a sizeable increase in the number of people allergic to mosquito bites. Dr. Clifford Bassett explains.

How to Enjoy Flowers and Stay Allergy Free
by Dorkys Ramos, Latina.com
Updated Friday, June 5, 2009

Five Allergy Fighters You May Not Have Thought Of
by Leah Zerbe, Rodale News
Updated Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nothing to Sneeze At: The truth about pet and seasonal allergies
by Charlotte Savino, Metro International
Updated Sunday, May 10, 2009

LIVING WELL. As many as 40 million people in the United States suffer from allergies; armed with the following little-known information, your spring and summer could be nearly sniffle-free... More

Springtime Means Allergies for Many. 
by Kafi Drexel, Capital News 9
Updated Tuesday, May 5, 2009

For the past few years, Jame Drew says he was getting blind-sided with allergies each spring and didn't know it.
"I moved here three years ago and I'd never had allergies before. I didn't realize I actually had allergies," he says. "I just thought usually it was the end of May early June and I usually just got a really bad summer cold every year... More

Wheezing: Allergies or Asthma

Is Your Wheezing Allergies or Asthma?
How to tell if you are suffering from allergies, asthma or both.


Eating certain foods can make your seasonal allergies worse. 
At the same time, having a seasonal allergy can cause you to have a minor allergy to some of these foods. Your body can sometimes mistake this food as pollen and trigger a “cross- reaction”, causing itchiness and tingling of the lips, mouth, tongue or throat. 

NYC Allergist Seasonal Allergy Food Triggers Use this chart to find out what may make your allergies worse.


What exactly is the pollen count? Tips for seasonal allergy sufferers
by Rosemary Black, NY Daily News Health
Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2009

If you’re one of the 35 million sneezing, congested, nose-blowing Americans suffering from seasonal allergies, you probably monitor the pollen count as closely as nervous investors monitor the Dow. As the allergy season gets underway, depending upon how much of the powdery substance is in the air on any given day, allergy sufferers may have an itchy throat, runny nose and watery eyes... More


Hay fever? Don't forget to check your plate
by Coeli Carr, MSNBC Contributor
Uupdated Friday February 20, 2009

“As many as one-third of the people with seasonal allergies experience oral allergy syndrome,” says allergist Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, and vice chairman of public education at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. More


Allergies or cold? Here's how to tell
by Rosemary Black, NY Daily News Health
Thursday, May 8, 2008


If your symptoms don't resolve within five to 10 days, your 'cold' may actually be seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are nothing to sneeze at: You feel stuffed up, have a scratchy throat, and your head feels like it's full of cotton. On the other hand, maybe you have a cold instead. Knowing the difference will help you determine treatment, experts say... More


Allergy & Asthma Advocate: Spring 2006
Gardening with Allergies
By Clifford W. Bassett, MD, FAAAAI

Seasonal allergies may cause a variety of misery that will prevent outdoor and gardening activities. In most area of the country, springtime typically brings in the allergy season with pollinating trees, followed by grass and weed pollen, in addition to outdoor airborne mold spores... More

Click Here for NYC Pollen Count


Treatments mean 'no one has to live in misery' from allergies
By Mary Brophy Marcus, Special for USA TODAY

Dagmar Fisher's sneezing spells are so impressive this time of year they serve as comic relief for her office mates.

"A few weeks ago the sneezing started. Really violent spells. I'm like a bad cartoon," the 29-year-old New York City resident says.

But to Fisher, the symptoms she suffers from every spring — sneezing, an itchy and runny nose, watery eyes and congestion — are less than humorous. The discomfort invades sleep, work, and her weekly runs in Central Park... More


Warm winter is no relief for allergy sufferers
6:03 PM EST on Friday, January 5, 2007
Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The unseasonably warm weather along the East Coast has flooded some offices with patients suffering from an unusual ailment this time of year: allergies.

Doctors say this winter's weather has sparked an onslaught of mold spores that cause allergies and fluctuating temperatures that irritate already-suffering nasal passages. Many patients may confuse an allergic reaction with a common cold... More


Unexpected Consequences of a Rainy Spring
A Very Rainy Spring on the East Coast Means Unexpected Consequences

By Ned Potter, ABC News, New York , June 15

It's been raining again, and Dr. Clifford Bassett knows what that means.

Bassett, a New York allergist, says this spring has been so wet that everything is blooming. "This is one of the worst allergy seasons we've had in perhaps 50 years," he said.

In parts of the East and South, it's been the wettest spring on record... More


Ragweed season starting up for allergy sufferers
Posted by Christopher Collette

CBS NEWS, NEW YORK — Ragweed season is upon us. Millions of Americans are allergic to these plants. In fact they're the number one cause of hay fever in the U.S. And this year, people may suffer more than ever.

Dr. Cliff Bassett, Long Island College Hospital:
"We're expecting one of the worst ragweed seasons in over 50 years."... More


Survival Strategies for Brutal Allergy Season
Experts Calling This the Worst Allergy Season in Years

May 5, 2006 - Experts are calling this one of the worst allergy seasons on record, with people who never have had problems before reporting itching, coughing and sneezing.

"This year seems worse than usual," said Bernard Feigenbaum, an allergist at NYU Medical Center. "These new patients that said they never had allergies before are coming out of the woodwork."... More


Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Help for Seasonal Allergies Might be as Close as Your Kitchen

ABC NEWS, April 16, 2005 - Spring has sprung, and that means allergies have too. As the weather gets warmer and wetter, pollen and molds bloom, and spingtime winds can stir up the allergens.

When it comes to allergies, misery loves company. Roughly 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Nearly 10 percent of Americans are allergic to pollen. The result is hay fever, whose symptoms include runny nose, sneezing and puffy, watery eyes... More


Allegeries will spring to life in Spring
4:01 PM EST on Monday, March 21, 2005

It might still seem a bit early, but now is the time for the millions of Americans who suffer from spring and summer allergies to be going on the offensive against their pollen problem. It depends on what you’re allergic to, but when the pollen gets in the air, it’s like an all of a sudden assault on the sinuses... More

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