Blanket of pollen greets Augusta visitors

By: Ryan Calhoun Email
By: Ryan Calhoun Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock -- April 4, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- No matter where you go around town, it's easy to spot pollen in the air and on many different cars.

It's not just an ugly sight to see for some, doctors say it also can have an adverse effect on your health. Some have experienced allergy symptoms as well and since it's not looking like it is going to rain anytime soon the pollen is here to stay.

Cars pulled into "Be Still Car Wash" on Washington Road all day Sunday to wash off all of the pollen.

"This is the worst I have ever seen it this year," said Michael Beauron who brought a car into the car wash to wash off the pollen. "I usually do it in the morning, but today I didn't have time this morning so I did it this afternoon."

It's on the cars, on the ground and some can even see it in the sky including Steve Siler of Savannah, who came into town with his wife Gwen for the Masters.

"Just looking out on the city it was just a cloud of dust over the city," he said.

"We're from Savannah and this is as bad as Savannah is," his wife Gwen said.

For the Steenson's, who are in town from Kansas City for the tournament, they said they have never seen anything like it.

"It's like dust that doesn't go away," said Terri Steenson. "I was really surprised that there was that much of it and it's everywhere."

Urgent MD's Dr. Erin Reilly said the yellow cloud from above might not be such a nice welcome for visitors.

"They come in here and the pollen counts are so high they can be quite miserable," Dr. Reilly said.

Gwen Siler said on the way into town she had to go pick up the over the counter medicine, Zyrtec.

Dr. Reilly said if the over the counter medicine doesn't do the trick, the key is to shower every time you come inside and wash your clothes.

"They can wash all the pollen off their body and out of their hair," Dr. Reilly said. "That way they're not taking their clothing that's covered with pollen and tracing it all through the house."

By doing those things she said visitors and citizens of Augusta should be able to stay outside and enjoy the day, whether it's on the course or around town.

If those remedies don't work, try setting up an appointment with an allergy specialist around town. The specialist should be able to administer an allergy shot to try to help with your allergies.

If you do that make sure you check their hours as some offices have changed their hours due to Masters week.

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  • by TK3 on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    The pollen is so bad this year that many, including myself, have to wear masks outside now and even then you can taste it and after a short time it clogs up a mask and car and A/C filters. The pollen has various effects such as runny nose and eyes and making you dizzy and thus making driving even more dangerous. Pray for rain soon.
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