If you have allergies, then this story should be of no surprise to you.
It's that time of year again when your allergies are acting up...
But this time you might have noticed it to be worse...
Thanks to the mild winter we've enjoyed and the warmer weather we're having earlier this year.
Dr. Plaxico with the Asthma and Allergy Clinic of Macon says the pollen count is high right now and that some of things you can do to tame your symptoms include staying indoors more, keeping your central air conditioning running, especially if you have asthma, and wearing a pollen mask if you work outdoors.
"We always have them pre-medicate themselves before they go out depending on what their trouble is...whether it's eyes, nose, or skin, or their asthma to make sure they're pre-medicated so that they can tolerate that and of course a lot of people are doing activities like cherry blossom...we'll have that coming soon." -Dr. Plaxico, Asthma and Allergy Clinic of Macon
And if you're really having trouble Dr. Plaxico recommends allergy shots on a weekly basis.
And although the pollen is bad right now, he says the rain helped a lot and that without it the pollen would be horrendous.
"It's pretty obvious right now there's a problem because the pine tree just unloaded here this last week, so it's very evident that we see that and a lot of the other smaller pollens pecans and sweet elms they have haven't really started yet, so those are the worst to come." -Dr. Plaxico, Asthma and Allergy Clinic of Macon
Dr. Plaxico says it's important to stay informed about the pollen count and really just knowing what's going so you can be better prepared.
Having an allergy test to find out exactly what it is you're allergic can help to identify the problem and figure out steps to prevent symptoms.
About one in three people suffer with allergies, and it does run in families.