Atlanta’s pollen count spiked this week, but last week’s cool snap and lower pollen levels will play their share in bringing misery to those with allergies.

Dr. Stanley Fineman of  Atlanta Allergy and Asthma said up-and-down pollen levels can lead to a condition called priming, where the body basically is primed for an allergy attack. When the levels go back up, the attack hits, and it usually is a more severe attack.  Pollen counts began to climb earlier this year than in the past, but, until this week, March’s counts were lower than a year ago.  On Tuesday, the count spiked to 1,549, with most of that from trees. And trees, according to Fineman, are the worst for allergy sufferers. 

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