Warming temperatures bring allergy symptoms

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DENVER — If you’re feeling a few sniffles or have a nagging headache you could be feeling the effects of allergy season despite the fact that it’s still the winter season.

Health experts say allergy season typically begins in January and runs through May, but Colorado’s recent warm weather is bringing on a stronger pollen count earlier than usual.

Colorado has plenty of trees that can trigger allergies once they wake up from winter.  Everything from ash and aspens, to willlows are active right now. If you have one near your home, your allergies may be flaring up.

National tree allergy map. Colorado is listed under "Midwest"

National tree allergy map. Colorado is listed under “Midwest”

Treating allergies

Over the counter remedies for your itchy eyes, runny nose and sinus headache can be effective.  If your child has symptoms consult your doctor about treatment options and only use formulas made for them.

Dr. Richard Weber of National Jewish Health says it is important to treat symptoms as early as possible. “If people were clever they’d know when they start having trouble then plan on getting a prescription for a nasal steroid.”

Allergy season tips

Doctors also warn that you should limit your use of medication and seek medical attention if you experience nose bleeds, a lack of energy or heart palpitations.

  • Make sure to filter air inside your home
  • Kkeep windows closed
  • Avoid time outdoors during the early morning and early evening hours

For more information about allergy remedies visit National Jewish Health’s website.