12 On Your Side: What to do when pollen attacks

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, March 20, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's the most dreaded time of the year for allergy sufferers.

Tree pollen is already here and grass pollen will be here next week.

Grass pollen causes much of the sneezing, sniffling and itchy feelings you may feel during the spring.

Dr. Bill Dolen with Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center says this year is extremely bad because of the mild winter.

"My guess is that in the next week there is going to be clouds of yellow pollen in the air. It will look like smoke," Dolen said.

No wonder Atlanta broke an allergy record Monday recording a pollen count of 8000.

Dolen said he is already seeing many patients for allergy reactions to pollen. He says the high pollen count will even affect some people who do not normally suffer from allergies this year.

Doctors recommend that people stay indoor during high pollen count days. Wear a mask if you work outside. Dolen also recommends talking to your physician or pharmacist about the best medicine for you. Also, consider getting an allergy test done so you can receive allergy shots.

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