Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
March 26, 2003
Albany-- It's the season for itchy, watery eyes--not to mention headaches, sneezing, and coughing. Many of us are suffering from springtime allergies and the fun has only just begun.
Ah, the signs of spring--budding trees, flowers in bloom, and allergies.
"We see a lot of upper respiratory symptoms, itchy, watery, sneezy, drippy eyes, ears, nose, throat, general irritability--just people not feeling well." Dr. Larry Smith's patient load is picking up at his allergy clinic-- and for good reason.
Dr. Smith says, "We had pollen counts in the 5,000 pollens per cubic meter range, and it dropped down to the 1,500 cubic meter range and that's on a daily basis."
You can see pine pollen, touch it, but it's not the green stuff that causes the itchy eyes, headaches and other stuff associated with allergies. It's the other pollens that you can't see that are the problem. Dr. Smith says, "We are also seeing a fair number of grasses, other tree pollens like oak and birch pollen right now."
Unless you stayed cooped up in your house, which is hard to do on a sunny day, these pollens can't be avoided. But even the rainy days don't give much relief to allergy sufferers. Dr. Smith says, "Rain only washes pollens away for a short period of time. It washes it away but when they come back they seem to come back with a vengeance when that happens."
The pollen season is just kicking off, with some of the most potent pollens still to come. In this region, pecan tree pollens begin to appear in April and May, which Dr. Smith says cause most South Georgians to suffer from allergy symptoms. He recommends over the counter medicines, like Claritin or Tylenol Allergy.