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Tips for battling Georgia's soaring pollen count

GEORGIA - It's the hate part of the love-hate relationship with Spring --pollen! If you're already sneezing, sniffling, and itching then you are not alone. And it's only going to get worse before it gets better. 

This weekend Atlanta's pollen levels soared to the highest count of the entire year. With all the flowers in bloom, it's a problem in our local area too. Here's what you can do to protect yourself. 

1. Doctor's say when you come inside wash the pollen off hair, clothes, and skin -- every time. 

2. Use Saline flushes for your nose and eyes. 

3. LImit time outside on high pollen count days and close your windows in your house and car. 

"If you feel these symptoms go away within a few days or fluctuate with the pollen count then perhaps it is allergy. But, if you feel like you are truly coming down with an infection-fever, you're coughing up things, you generally feel unwell, it's probably best to go ahead and see your primary care physician or your allergist."-- Dr. Marissa Shams, Emory University Allergist and Immunologist

  • Fun facts: Georgia pollen counts can often be thousands over the national averages. 
  • Allergy season here in Georgia lasts six-nine months so getting a regimen under control early helps.


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