Spring allergies return to the Western Slope

Published: Mar. 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM MST
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After a rough winter, there is finally a hint of green outside, which brings pollen to the air.

Health experts said it is because trees have started to pollinate.

“Tree pollen, they'll pollinate based on warmth and the amount of sunshine they're getting,” said David Scott, MD, at Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado

With this explosion of pollen in the Western Slope, many residents will begin feeling their allergies.

“I actually just got over being sick. The last two weeks was pretty miserable. (It was a) mixture of allergies and cold,” said Brittany Stedtfeld, who has suffered from spring allergies since she was 14 years old.

“Just swallowing, talking, trying to stay hydrated, everything becomes an issue because you just literally feel miserable,” Stedtfeld said.

Nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat and ears are some other symptoms people may feel.

Doctors said there are some cures for allergies against pollen.

“After you've been outside, if you're someone who is allergic to pollen, then showering, changing clothing can help,” Scott said. “If you have worse symptoms, then you may need to take medication. There's a lot of options over the counter. Oral antihistamines, we recommend taking a non-sedating type, like Zyrtec or Allegra.”

Doctors said a lot of patients started coming in with allergy symptoms in February.

Doctors said you may be allergic to elm, maple, or box elder pollen if you are experiencing allergy symptoms now.