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Record Pollen Counts Cause Severe Allergy Reactions

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By Megan Boatwright
Channel 3 Eyewitness News

Allergy season is in full swing.  People in the Tennessee Valley are used to high pollen and weed counts, but this year counts are incredibly high in the 7,000-8,000 range. 

Thursday's rain helped bring numbers down, but doctors says allergies aren't going away anytime soon.

Springtime in all it's glory has arrived in Chattanooga.  As people start spending more and more time outdoors the effects of things we can't see are beginning to send everyone to the doctor.

"Over the last week it dramatically increased from a volume stand-point," said Dr. Curt Chaffin. 

Middle School teacher, Kelsey Watson's, life turns miserable at springtime.

"I think I'm getting about 60% of the air that I'm supposed to through my nose right now," he said. 

Watson has grown to accept his symptoms as a normal part of life, but the lack of sleep that comes with it is the hardest part to deal.

"I don't have a problem getting to sleep," Watson said.  "I do have a problem staying asleep." 

Dr. Curt Chaffin with the Allergy & Asthma Group said the top question of the season is, 'When is it going to stop?' 

"It depends on what you're allergic to," the doctor said. 

Chaffin said most people are reacting to tree pollen right now.  "It's gonna depend on how much rain we get and what the weather is like.  So it's very hard to predict how long pollen will be around." 

Despite how difficult the season is for Watson, he says he doesn't hate Spring.  "It's a tough time.  It's something I've learned to deal with, but I'd rather find a solution and move on from all this." 


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