Spring allergy sufferers may want to take note, according to the the daily pollen count for Thursday, March 15 has jumped to 552. A count of more than 90 is considered a high level. Tree pollen from the Birch, Mulberry, Oak and Sweetgum is the major contributor with additional pollen from grasses and weeds including sheep sorrel/dock.
This is the highest pollen level seen this year, doubled from the count of 209 just yesterday. On this day in 2011 the count was a low 50 so allergy sufferers beware.
In an in an article by MSN: Health, Dr. Stanley Fineman, MD and president elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and an allergist at the told those concerned with allergies, “The seasons are getting longer, they're starting earlier and pollens are getting released earlier. Not only is there warmer weather, there tends to be more CO2 in atmosphere. CO2, or carbon dioxide, feeds plants and leads to a greater release of pollen, and sometimes that pollen is more potent and more allergenic than it was when there was less CO2 in the atmosphere.”
Wonder if you are suffering from allergies? The most common symptoms include a clear, runny nose, post nasal drip, episodic sneezing, stuffy nose, coughing, itchy and watery eyes and absence of fever.
, with an office located conveniently in Dacula, is the only National Allergy Bureau certified pollen counting station in the Atlanta area. Visit their website to subscribe for a daily pollen count.