The Grand Valley's pollen levels are extra-high

I woke up with a headache, itchy eyes, and just not feeling well. I got to the radio station and a couple of co-workers were complaining of similar symptoms. Turns out Western Colorado's pollen levels are higher than they've been in weeks thanks to the ongoing drought conditions and high winds. The little bit of rain we had last week only made things worse. That precipitation caused weed and grass growth to spike. All of that has created the perfect storm for allergy suffers. Add in a touch of lingering wildfire smoke and it's no wonder you're not feeling your best.

Allergies have never been a big issue for me. It's just enough to be annoying. I keep the Zyrtec handy just in case. Sinus trouble has been my issue. However, since moving here where the humidity averages around 10% I've rarely had a problem.

Dr. David Scott, Allergy Specialist at Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado tests local pollen counts a couple times a week and says allergies are high, especially with wildfire smoke lingering in the area. Dr. Scott says, "We recommend the non-sedating over the counter antihistamine, so things like Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, I recommend you buy the generic version of those because they are quite a bit less expensive and equally as effective.” For more information, contact the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado directly at (970) 241-0170 or click HERE.

Credit: KKCO11News