How can you fight the Southwest Georgia pollen?

Dr. Tracy Bridges

Southwest Georgia's recent wet weather may have washed away some of the yellow tint from our cars but pollen season is here and it's going away anytime soon. So what can you do if you're one of the millions suffering from pollen problems?

"Pollen is basically a reproductive mechanism for plants and for some reason, humans and other animals recognize that as being foreign and that causes an allergic reaction," said Dr. Tracy Bridges of the Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia. He says all the sneezing and watery eyes are the body's ways of trying to get the pollen out of your system.

Experts estimate that 25% to 30% of the Southwest Georgia population is actually allergic to pollen but it can cause sinus issues for everyone.

Luckily, there are some common sense steps you can take to help minimize your exposure. "Keeping your windows closed in your house and also in your car, avoiding early morning activities when pollen is high," suggests Bridges.

Medications like Allegra and Claritin - or there generic versions â" remain popular options. "Probably the most effective medications that we've got that are available from physicians or medical providers are nasal anti-inflammatory sprays," added Bridges.

While prescription medications and over-the-counter medications can certainly help with your allergies, your best may be the natural approach, like a healthy dose of B5. ""Whoever takes it becomes more resistant to the pollen but everybody loves the B5 because it takes the dark circles out from under their eyes," said Dr. Charlie Rouse of the Medicine Man's Corner. "Another old-fashioned farmer trick is the local honey. If you can, get you some raw honey and put it on your toast or in your oatmeal."