The AJC's Mike Morris contributed to this story The pollen today in the metro Atlanta area is the highest it's ever been: 8,164.The early Monday measurement of particles of pollen per cubic meter of air was more than a third higher than the previous record of 6,013, set on April 12, 1999.Dr Stanley Fineman with the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic says it could stay that way for a while, 'If we continue to have the same temperatures that we're having now, we could anticipate continuing very high pollen count. Now we're seeing double; more than double the numbers of pollen we had last week.'According to Fineman it's been this way for a while. 'In fact it started in early February,' he says. 'We've seen extremely high levels of pollen last week and patients were really having a lot of difficulty. They can have complications from allergies, and allergies can be very serious. People can get infections; sinus infections; we're seeing patients who are developing asthma symptoms with coughing and chest congestion.'Even non-allergic patients are having difficulty with this high pollen count. It can cause irritation.,' says Fineman.