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Temperatures are finally on the rise in Buffalo, and for some people, fluctuating temperatures, combined with rain and snow melt, are making it hard to breathe.

Allergy season is about to arrive, some already are suffering and experts predict the rough winter set up Western New York and elsewhere for a challenging allergy season.

Dr. Michael Gough, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, said allergy season typically starts in early spring, but this year it’s starting even earlier.

The location, climate, different types of trees and industrial pollution alone make the area target for allergy victims, he said, but the variety of weather and now debris on the ground is making it even worse.

“Respiratory problems, coughing, wheezing, runny nose, runny eyes, and a lot of them have to get on special medicines,” Gough said in a news release.

He said this winter also has been an unusually bad season for the flu.

Patients who have the flu and suffer from allergies are getting hit twice as hard.

“We’re still in that transition period between winter and spring. Oftentimes, people mistakenly think they are fighting another cold also,” Gough added.

If you are not sure of what you are dealing with, it’s probably a good idea to visit a doctor or pharmacist, who may go over your medical history.

“The sooner you start before it gets worse,” Gough said, “the better off you will be.”