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Helicopter video shows pollen dust clouds in Georgia

A prescribed burn helicopter flying over the Georgia Wildlife Management Area caused clouds of pollen to waft up from the trees, a Facebook video from Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows.
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A prescribed burn helicopter flying over the Georgia Wildlife Management Area caused clouds of pollen to waft up from the trees, a Facebook video from Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows.

A helicopter flies low over pine trees in a Georgia wildlife area, kicking up clouds of yellow pollen, the video shows.

“Pollen anyone?” The Georgia Department of Natural Resources asks, sharing the video on Facebook. “Check out the pollen wave stirred up by a prescribed burn helicopter.”

The helicopter was flying over the West Point Wildlife Management Area, according to the post, near the border with Alabama about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Pollen season in the South and across the United States is here, with cars, roads and everything else covered in a layer of the yellow stuff, leaving people praying for a rainy day just to get the sneeze-inducing allergens out of the air.

The video from Georgia is a special kind of horror movie for a certain season in the South.

This Mayo Clinic Minute provides tips for staying healthy this spring when the allergies start to attack.

Here are some tips reduce allergies this pollen season:

  • “Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air,” the Mayo Clinic says.
  • Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so avoid going outside, the clinic says.
  • Get someone else to mow the lawn and do outside chores, according to the Mayo Clinic.
  • Wear a pollen mask if you need to do outdoor chores that will kick up pollen, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
  • Change your clothes and take a shower after being outside, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says.
  • Do not hang laundry to dry outside, according to the AAFA.
  • Start taking allergy medicine early before you start to feel symptoms coming on, the ACAAI says.
  • Keep doors and windows closed at home and close car windows, according to ACAAI.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to get pollen out of your house and put a HEPA air filter in your bedroom to clean the air while you sleep, the Mayo Clinic says.

Seasonal allergies can leave you with a cough, itchy and runny eyes and stuffed up nose. For many with pollen or grass allergies, spring and summer can be uncomfortable. Mayo Clinic allergist Dr. Nancy Ott says over-the-counter remedies such as an

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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