Pollen: That pesky powder is back

Pollen: That pesky powder is back
Dr. Tracy Bridges (Source: WALB)
Dr. Tracy Bridges (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You can tell by all the coughs and sneezes, and the hazy powder on your car. You may have heard that the main allergy season in starting in south Georgia.

Allergists say the worst pollen problem is in the Tifton area right now, but it's spreading. Dr. Tracy Bridges says pine pollen is falling now and we'll soon see juniper cedar and other types of pollen.

Bridges says keeping your nasal passages clean with sprays and saline is helpful.

"We breath many times an hour through our nose and if we wash all of that accumulated debris out of our nose I think it helps greatly. We wash our hair, we brush our teeth. Our nose needs some respect by doing some nasal irrigation," said Bridges.

At the Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia doctor often see more than 100 patients a day during peak pollen times.

Control your allergies by remembering the four A's.

  • Avoid areas where things might trigger your allergies.
  • Try anti-inflammatory therapies such as daily use of nasal sprays.
  • Anti-histamines usually come into play after allergic reactions start.
  • Then there is allergy shots which can build up your immune system to whatever your allergic to.

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