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Upstate Residents Plagued By Pollen

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Mother Nature is leaving her mark on the Upstate. Mother Nature is leaving her mark on the Upstate.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

It is a beautiful time of the year, especially if you like the color yellow.

“I see that it is covering the cars,” says Joanne Barrett who lives near Travelers Rest. “One of my friends just washed theirs on Thursday, and an hour later it was back to yellow again."

Upstate residents are saying ‘hello’ to spring. But if you’re an allergy sufferer, you may be cursing Mother Nature.

"Greenville-Spartanburg is a unique place because we are like a basin catching all the pollen from the mountains,” said Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento with Allergic Disease and Asthma Center.

Sarmiento and his staff track daily pollen levels.

The information they gather is what patients rely on. When the count is high, symptoms will be worse.

“If it is windy outside,” says Sarmiento, “bad news.”

Humidity and rain is the best forecast.

Or go outside in the late afternoon. That is when the pollen count is typically the lowest, according to Sarmiento.

In the meantime, some people rely on locally-produced honey to relieve symptoms.

“People swear by it. We have hundreds of customers that come in over and over and say it has made a big difference. We are even seeing doctors sending customers here,” said Susan Gardner with The Carolina Honey Bee Company.

Sarmiento doesn't buy it. He says allergies are genetic and there is no cure.

Allergists believe this season will be shorter than previous years; however, the pollen count will likely be much higher.

The spring allergy season runs through February to June.

It started late this year in the Upstate, Sarmiento says.

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Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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