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Pollen levels high in Southwest GA

Pollen levels are extremely high in Southwest Georgia this year. (Source: WALB) Pollen levels are extremely high in Southwest Georgia this year. (Source: WALB)
Allergy & Asthma Clinic Physician Assistant Nancy McKemie (Source: WALB) Allergy & Asthma Clinic Physician Assistant Nancy McKemie (Source: WALB)
Allergy & Asthma Clinic staff recommend folks buying over-the-counter nasal steroids like Flonase and Nasacort. (Source: WALB) Allergy & Asthma Clinic staff recommend folks buying over-the-counter nasal steroids like Flonase and Nasacort. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A glance at your car proves that pollen levels are extremely high in Southwest Georgia this year. And many people are not breathing easy.

Allergy & Asthma Clinic staff said their patients are dealing with lots of tree pollen due to the variations of temperatures. 

The warmer weather is also bringing a rise in grass pollen.

Some of most common allergy symptoms are itchy, watery eyes, irritation of the nose and the throat and coughing.  

Staff said pollen counts are typically the highest in the morning.

They recommend folks waiting until mid-morning or mid-day for outside activities. 

"Keep the windows rolled up, don't hang the clothes on the line right now. If you have pets that come inside, make sure you wipe then down as they come in so that they're not bringing pollen in on their skin," said Allergy & Asthma Clinic Physician Assistant Nancy McKemie. 

Allergy & Asthma Clinic staff recommend folks buying over-the-counter nasal steroids like Flonase and Nasacort. 

Staff stressed for residents to use those medications early in the season and regularly. 

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