Allergy Agonies for Grand Valley Residents

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Over these last few weeks, a bright, sunny day in the Grand Valley can mean allergy agony for many. With the Western Slope on high alert for weed pollen, it's definitely bad news for people's allergies.

Allergy specialist Dr. William Scott says he's seen by seven patients a day, who are having allergy problems.

"This happens every year when the weeds pollinate," said Dr. Scott. "Right now in late August is probably about the toughest time."

Residents of the Grand Valley can thank kochia weed and tumble weed for that tough time. Both weeds are found all over our area.

Dr. Scott says if you only have mild allergies, over the counter drugs are the best way to go.

But if that doesn't work, you may need to see your doctor.

"Talk to your doctor about a nasal steroid spray," said Dr. Scott. "This is the most effective and safest way to treat significant nasal allergy."

For those who are suffering from bad allergies, relief is just around the corner. The weeds stop pollinating in October when the frosts kill them.

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