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Pollen hitting Southwest Louisiana hard

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Allergy season is here and in Southwest Louisiana, and you'll find pollen on everything,  including your plants, cars - even your children as they run around the park.

Take little Emilio, for example, who has been suffering from a sore throat for a significant amount of time.

"I think about eight weeks," he said.

Along with a runny nose, Emilio also had trouble eating.

"I could taste the flavor but I had the sore throat," he said. "It made me not eat the food because it hurt whenever I ate the food. It was like a volcano that was about to erupt in my throat."

Some other kids agreed with him.

"Well it's a runny nose," said Logan Howell. "I sniff a lot."

Blade Granger had similar symptoms.

"My throat hurts at night because it is cold outside and we have the heater on. It makes my nose itchy." said Granger. "Then it starts to bleed."

Meteorologist Ben Terry explained why the pollen count is so high like it was on Monday.

"Tree pollen is kind of on the max because we had the early spring, and we've had such a warm February that we kind of kick-started a little bit early this year," he said.

All the pollen concerns mothers like Jenny Howell.

"He definitely suffers from seasonal allergies," said Howell. "It's definitely worse when different trees bloom and he's definitely allergic to the grass and that sort of thing. You know, just being outside doing boy things."

The sniffles don't bother places like Don's Car Wash. They've had a long line of customers waiting to get that dust off their vehicles.

"Once the weather gets better - once the sun comes out, the collective public makes a decision to get their cars washed," said Joseph Darbonne, at Don's Car Wash. "As of yesterday, we did about a thousand cars at our Nelson road location."

Pollen or no pollen, it's not going to stop all the kids from playing outside on a sunny day.

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