It’s Not Easy When It’s Green

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Spring in Atlanta

A thin layer of yellowish green has coated my world … I’m trapped in a snow globe of sorts, where the wind shakes up the air with spring breezes and when it settles, the thick green and yellow that was swirling around begins to fall gently over everything. It is spring in Atlanta, and everywhere in this green-and-yellow coated world you can hear the cacophony of sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and sniffling.

This is no exaggeration – the pollen count today in my area is 3,301. To put this in perspective, a high count is from 90-1,499 and anything over 1,500 is considered extremely high. When I moved to the Atlanta area, I knew the allergy season was bad, but I didn’t think it could be any worse than the Orlando area and the pollen I grew up with. I’ve since learned … it can always be worse.

If you are considering a relocation move, you might want to consider some of the least-affected allergy areas. The state with the most cities on this list was California with three – Sacramento, San Diego, and Stockton. Utah had two cities on the list, Salt Lake City and Ogden. I was surprised to see Greenville, South Carolina on the “best” list for allergy sufferers, since it isn’t that far from Atlanta. The number one best city for those who suffer from allergies was Boston, Massachusetts.

No matter where you live, there are many ways to cope with this sneezy time of year. Stay indoors as much as possible, keep your carpets well-cleaned (you are tracking pollen from outside in on your shoes, so vacuum every day), and try natural remedies, such as saline spray. Your doctor will also be able to offer help and suggestions, as well. Despite the fact that it is allergy season, it is a beautiful time of year. Enjoy the spring blooms, the flowering trees, and the greening of the grasses – just be sure to keep a tissue handy.