Allergens on the rise

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- It's late June, and you're probably wondering what is causing your allergies to act up.

Well, it's not the cotton that you may be seeing floating around the air.

Dr. David Scott says it's actually because a high count of grass pollen in the air.

This type of pollen is all over the Grand Valley. And this isn't the grass that's growing in your lawn – it's actually the grass growing in open fields.

For most people, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before you leave the house should help your symptoms.

"We get a lot of particular matter in the air, and the pollen can carry extremely long distances when it's so dry and not weighed down by moisture,” said Scott. “And on top of all that, we're now getting forest fire smoke blowing in that just amplifies everything."

Scott said the grass pollen count usually starts to go down right about now, meaning some relief is on the way.

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