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Pollen count spikes off the charts

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If the annoying itchy pollen seems to be bugging sinuses a little more this year, there's a perfectly legitimate reason for that.

A Sinus specialist says the abnormally cold Winter has caused pollen levels to increase drastically, leaving a thick layer on cars, and sinuses begging for mercy.

Normally trees begin to bud in December and January but the weather was too cold. That's why  hard wood trees - some including pines, oaks, and maples - are budding at the same time.

The current pollen count for trees is 4,700. A normal level this time of year is in the low hundreds. That's nearly 25 times higher than last year.

"We've had a tremendous increase in the amount of pollen over the last few weeks and as a result of that we've had an increase in the number of patients complaining of these problems," said PA Nancy McKemie with Allergy & Asthma Clinic of Albany. "We've noticed a large amount of pollen this year than in the past few years."

Pecan trees are expected to start pollinating soon. McKemie expects the yellow-green build-up to continue over the next few weeks. She also recommends an over-the-counter antihistamine or nasal steroid.

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