Pollen count reaches 4,000 on Tuesday - CBS46 News

Pollen count reaches 4,000 on Tuesday

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Courtesy: AJ Willen Courtesy: AJ Willen
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The pollen count nearly doubled Wednesday, jumping to 4,151 from 2,607 on Tuesday.

The pollen count is actually the data collected the previous day.

"With these extremely high pollen counts, we're seeing patients with worsening allergy symptoms. Most are complaining of nasal congestion, itchy nose and eyes, and sneezing," said Dr. Stanley Fineman of Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic. "Some patients also feel drained, noting a lack of energy, and are having difficulty concentrating because of overwhelming allergies."

In February, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, and doctors said in some parts of the U.S., pollen season would start earlier.

However, Phil got it wrong (leading to a criminal "indictment" against the famed groundhog).

"The cooler weather in March has resulted in a delay in pollen in metro Atlanta. The current warmer dry weather is ideal for the plants to release their pollen so we're seeing a virtual explosion of tree pollen which is unfortunate for patients with pollen allergies," said Fineman.

One of the doctors from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic will be on CBS Atlanta News at 5 p.m. Do you have a question about allergies? Ask on Facebook, Twitter or email your question to news@cbsatlanta.com with the subject line Allergy Question.

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