By Shelia M. Poole
It’s no fluke if you’re like Kelley Sharpe, who’s noticed more sneezing and itchy eyes in the past few days.
Pollen season has opened with higher than usual counts.
“I feel like it’s a little bit worse this year,” said Sharpe, an engineer, who lives in Lilburn. “And it’s pretty bad.”
Indeed, pollen season has arrived “with a vengeance,” said Dr. Stanley M. Fineman, of the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic.
“It is very early for pollen counts to be this high. People are complaining about symptoms — like sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes — more than they usually do this time of year.”
On Monday, for instance, the pollen count in metro Atlanta hit 944, compared to 41 for the same day a year ago and 51 for the same period in 2012. This was the highest it’s been this early in five years.
In 2010, the pollen count reached 462.
The pollen count on Tuesday was reported at 902.
Tree pollen from cedar, elm and maple were the major
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