Spring's still more than a week away, but many people across metro-Atlanta are already suffering from spring allergies, and they're suffering even earlier than usual.
"We've had a very cold winter, a lot of wet, a lot of rain, snow, ice. Since it's been cold, trees haven't had a chance to pollinate, and now that it's warmer, they're flourishing," explained Dr. Stanley Fineman with the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic.
Monday's pollen count reached 944, the highest March 10 count in the last five years. Tuesday's count was high at well, at 902. While weeds and grass aren't present yet, tree are causing big problems. The main culprits include Elm, Cedar and Maple.
If you do find yourself coughing and sneezing, Fineman said allergy injections work well for most people. He also advised staying inside, especially around mid-day when pollen counts tend to be the highest. He added, "When you do come back inside, take your shoes off, wash your hair and take precautions so you don't track the pollen inside as well."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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