Allergist Shares the Best Options to Steer Clear of Pollen Problems

Photo of pollen collect on the back of a car.
Photo of pollen collect on the back of a car.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – It’s that time of the year again…time for coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. Yes, you guessed it! It’s almost Spring, and with the gorgeous weather comes the pollen.

Pollen.com rates allergens in the air each day on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the worst.

Wednesday was a hefty 11.1 in Augusta and Thursday won’t be much better, with 10.4. So, we asked, what you can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim?

“Clouds, big clouds, it’s like everywhere, it’s like all over everything,” said Bryan Franklin, when talked about the amount of pollen floating around in the air.

“It’s like my daddy said, he came out the house, he couldn’t see anything in the car inside the windows,” Franklin’s son told us.

The dreaded pollen blanketing your car, being tracked into your home and clogging your sinuses, is at an all time high for the year.

“Spring in Augusta starts February 15th, right around Valentine’s day. It seems to be that’s when patients come in with their allergy problems,” Dr. Jonathan Lindman, with Augusta ENT, said.

Dr. Lindman says that people often want to know…is it a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection? He determines that by asking about the symptoms.

Allergies are easy to spot with itchy, watery eyes; drainage; nasal congestion; and headache pressure.

A sinus infection is much more serious.

“They’re not getting better, they’re actually getting worse. They’ll have facial pain, their teeth are hurting, they’re blowing yellow-green stuff,” Dr. Lindman said, when described a sinus infection.

Dr. Lindman suggests putting on your “allergy armor” February 1st, before you get to that point of no return.

“February 1st, go ahead and start using your nasal spray regularly, the antihistamines, Claritin, Allegra, Benadryl, there’s also some antihistamine nasal spray that are more fast acting,” he explained.

Dr. Lindman says the best line of defense is to use a Neti Pot, which cleans out the sinuses inside your nose. “They don’t typically work well unless people wash their nose out first and then, I say, if you use the Flonase without doing that, it’s just sitting up on snot,” he said.

To find the pollen count each day, click here.

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