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Fighting the yucky yellow: pollen very high in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It seems like spring has sprung: flowers are blooming, parks are full of people, and yes, pollen is everywhere.

"[My worst symptom is] lethargy--you know tiredness, the eyes watering, the nose running, and that kind of thing which everybody has probably right now whether they have true allergies or not."

Hope Phillips has to get a shot every three weeks for her allergies and with the pollen count very high, she is suffering even more.

"A hundred or more is considered high and this week it has been in the thousands.  Depending on which day we are looking at it has been anywhere between two, to three, to four thousand.  That's very high for pollen.  So, it is going to be a time when we see people with more symptoms," said Dr. Robert Cartwright.

Monday's pollen count, over 8,000 in Atlanta, shattered records.  Cartwright says we are not breaking records in the Valley, but the numbers are very high in Columbus at more than 2,000

We are also seeing the yucky yellow earlier than normal because warmer winter weather caused the trees to bloom sooner this season.

So, what can you do to fight it?

"Staying indoors on particularly high pollen count days is something that can help, rolling windows up in the house and in the car, not using fresh air in the car, using recycled air in the car with the air conditioning system so that we're not pulling that pollen in from the outside," suggested Cartwright.

The allergist says you need to get to your doctor before your allergies become a big problem, and you can expect treatments ranging from anything like antihistamines to shots, but Cartwright says the home remedy of honey might not be the way to go.

"The trees and the weeds and the grass are the things that cause allergy and the bees are pollinating pretty things like flowers.  So, it is really a different kind of pollen.  So, the local honey while it tastes good is not a helpful treatment."

Cartwright says you can expect to see tree pollen through May, then grass pollen in the summer, and weed pollen in the fall.


 

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