Pollen Coats Southeast, Pummels Atlanta
Posted by Craig on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
MSNBC reports that the lack of rain in the Southeast is to blame for the extremely high pollen counts.

"Everybody who walks through the door, you can see it in their faces," says Atlanta pharmacy owner Ira Katz, who is running low on medication to treat what he said is the worst allergy season of his 26 years in the business.

Atlanta’s pollen count hit 5,499 particles per cubic meter of air on Monday, the highest so far this season and the fourth highest in the 12 years that the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic has been keeping records. A reading of 120 is considered extremely high.

Atlanta has had only four rainy days this month, and there is no rain in the forecast for at least a week.

"Unless we get some rain, people could be having symptoms for quite some time," says Dr. Stanley Fineman of the Atlanta allergy clinic.

Experts recommend that allergy sufferers stay indoors as much as possible, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest. Also, if you have allergies, avoid the temptation to wash pollen off your car - because that only makes it airborne, and the coat of pollen will be back soon.

See our Seasonal Allergy Solution Guide for more tips.
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