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Mild Winter, Higher Temps Mean More Pollen

Feb 23, 2017

If you suffer from allergies, keep plenty of tissues nearby over the next few months.

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At least so far, this is the warmest February Atlanta has seen since records started in 1879, according to the National Weather Service.

And the mild winter means early pollen.

“I would say over the past week or so, we have seen an increase in the number of patients who are experiencing runny nose, congestion and more allergy-type symptoms,” said Dr. Erinn Gardner, allergist with Atlanta Allergy and Asthma.

She said the sooner a person gets diagnosed, the better.

“Our thought is, if we know exactly what you are allergic to we can actually predict when you’re going to have symptoms and then you can actually start to take medications before allergy season starts,” she said.

Georgia's pollen season can last through June.