Augusta, GA -
Temperatures hit the seventies on Monday, which is quite different from the frigid weather two weeks ago. The fluctuating mercury combined with piles of storm debris are making it hard to breathe.
The Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic reports the pollen count at “224” in the high category on Monday, and just two weeks ago the pollen count was at “1.”
Who could forget: snow and ice covering Augusta National, and hundreds of trees and limbs down on houses and roads.
When it comes to weather, people in the CSRA have experienced it all this month.
With spring rolling in, many are outdoors enjoying the warmer weather, but some are already suffering from allergies.
Dr. Michael Behnia, Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Doctor’s Hospital, said allergy season typically begins around early spring time, but this year it’s starting even earlier.
“Augusta is one of the worst places in the country when it comes to allergies,” said Dr. Behnia
The location, climate, different types of trees, and industrial pollution alone make Augusta a target for allergy victims, but the variety of weather and now debris on the ground is making it even worse.
“Respiratory problems, coughing, wheezing, runny nose, runny eyes, and a lot of them have to get on special medicines,” said Dr. Behnia.
Dr. Behnia said this year has also been an unusually bad year for the flu. Patients who have the flu and suffer from allergies are getting a double whammy!
“If somebody has allergies, they need to be seen by a physician to undergo a complete work-up, there are special allergy tests, and there are special blood tests that we check allergies for,” said Dr. Behnia.
For those who just need over-the-counter medicine and mild protection from the pollen, the doctor has some words of advice.
“The sooner you start before it gets worse, the better of you will be,” said Dr. Behnia.