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Long, wet winter to blame for pollen problems

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The trees and flowers in bloom are nice to look at, but not so nice for our noses.

In Mississippi, pollen has been blanketing houses, cars, and everything else outside. Thanks to Wednesday night's rains, the pollen has been washed away for a day or two. But according to Dr. Todd Adkins with the Mississippi Asthma and Allergy Clinic in Jackson, grass pollen hasn't hit full steam yet.

"People are just acutely miserable," he says.  "If you said what overall is the worst allergen in Mississippi, I'd say grass pollen. It will be coming shortly. It won't be long, grass is turning green, we'll have pollen soon."

Most of us aren't allergic to yellow pine pollen. It's the microscopic oak, pecan and cedar pollen that's causing our symptoms.

Hinds County Constable Benny Buckner and his wife Ruby have been suffering through allergy season together.

"I had to go to the doctor to get antibiotics because my Zyrtec doesn't work. It did last year," Ruby says.

"Only recently did I start having problems with sneezing, coughing. Seems the pollen is worse now," Benny Buckner says.

The Asthma and Allergy Clinic has been seeing a high number of patients, up to 40 a day.

"Possibly just because it was a cold winter, everything blooms all at once, we've got extremely high levels of pollen," Dr. Adkins says.

If over-the-counter antihistamines don't work or make you drowsy, ask your doctor for a stronger antihistamine, a nasal steroid, or an allergy shot. 

Tuesday's pollen count in the Jackson area was 10.3.  Wednesday it shot up to 10.8.  Thursday it leveled out at 7.3, and Friday it was expected to rise again to 9.5.

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