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Pollen levels high for allergy season

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Physicians at Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia are seeing a lot of patients with nasal symptoms and asthma. The allergy season is just beginning and will stay around for a couple more months.

"We still got Pecan trees to go. Right now Oak, Elm, Sweet Gum and Birch trees pollen count have been very high. Grass pollen are already increasing. So we got quite a problem right now," said Nancy McKemie.

Connor West comes into the clinic about every six months for a check-up and gets an allergy shot once a week. He says his allergies are better in the summer and winter, but it's still not something he'd like to go through anytime of the year.

"It's not good, it's not fun. I'm prone to it. I'm allergic to cats and dogs, hamsters, all sorts of things. It makes you sneeze and react," said Connor West.

Lab technicians can do a skin test on a patient to find out exactly what they're allergic to, so they can be treated the right way. The painless test takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Some people mistake allergies for a common cold. Allergy patients need to make sure they know the difference because of other serious health issues.

"Usually a cold will involve a possible low grade fever. Some discolored mucus and more irritation in the back of the throat. Allergy patients will have sneezing. Allergies can trigger asthma in our asthma patients. We have to be careful of that as well," said Nancy McKemie.

Trees bloomed early this year and Nancy McKemie says our area has seen an extremely high pollen count over the last few weeks. A normal pollen count will be in the low 100s, but they can go as high as 5,000.

To help fight allergies, the Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia suggest staying inside during high pollen counts, keep your car windows up when driving and wear face masks if you must go outside.

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