A tough year for allergy sufferers: Wet winter brings spring sneezes

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Spring is not all that’s in the air. There’s pollen out there too.

The drought is over, but arborists say some evergreen trees might have taken a hit from last year's dry conditions. This past wet winter has brought blooms to trees across the valley.

Healthy trees, and more weeds than usual in fact, are appearing in abundance. Starting in early March pollen levels went up in the Grand Valley, according to allergists.

They collect daily samples in the heart of Grand Junction to find out what’s blooming, and when people with severe allergies should avoid time outdoors.

Allergy doctors say, the early morning and dusk are peak pollen hours, and sunny days tend to bring on the sniffles.

Allergy doctor Katherine Tille offered this advice: “Avoid being outside during peak pollen hours, keeping windows and doors closed, be sure if you are outside, when you come in, take a shower.”

She also recommends using saline rinses, over the counter nasal steroids and oral antihistamines for allergy suffers.

If those lines of defense don’t help, seeing an allergist is a good option, they can connect you with more advanced therapy.