A breeze, fewer cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons are the ingredients of what Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic Dr. Kathleen Sheerin calls and "pollen bomb."
Friday saw the fifth day of a series of high pollen count so far this month, and it will only get worse, Allergy experts told Severe Weather Team 2's Katie Walls .
"I have a feeling that everything is going to pop at the same time," sheerin said.
Atlanta metro is starting to see evidence of our cars and on the street. Allergy experts said what we see is pine pollen, an indicator of what the smaller, more effective pollen particles are up to.
"People who are allergic begin to have problems even in moderate reach, and we have been in the highest reach for the last few days," explains Sheerin Walls.
Prolonged rainy seasons temporarily lower the counters, but Sheerin says thunderstorms do not necessarily help. This is because they do not always produce enough rain to wash pollen away, and gusty winds scattered the yellow genes.
If you suffer, Sheerin recommends counter-the-counter medication.
"If you are allergic and staying inside is not an option, there are plenty of OTC medications that you can try and it includes clumps of eyes, nasal sprays and antihistamines."
Sheerin also recommends staying away from decongestant nasal sprays that can become addictive.
Take out your pollen-covered clothes after being outdoors and remember to brush your outdoor animals often when they enter. If you still have symptoms, then it's time to see a board certified allergy.
"If you can't go outside and enjoy it, then you should see an allergy man," Sheerin said.
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