Allergies in full force in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Recent high winds and warmer temperatures have sparked allergies and New Mexicans could be in for a rough time this Spring.

The pollen count is creeping up in Albuquerque. One Albuquerque botanist says if the heat and dryness holds, allergies will be bad for a while.

Junipers, conifers, and pines are pollinating now. Junipers are currently at “medium” levels in Albuquerque. The wind is spreading the pollen, and people are feeling the effects.

Conditions could get worse depending on rain this spring.

“A wet spring will cause grasses and introduced wind-pollinated weeds to start growing and have allergies starting in may, extending all the way through summer, through fall, until the first frost,” said Tim Lowrey, Professor of Biology at UNM.

In the meantime, allergists recommend people use saline drops, wash their clothes and hair, and take over-the-counter antihistamines. If that doesn’t work, they say to seek help.

“If you’re still having itchy, sneezy watery eyes, and it’s bothering you to the point where you can’t function at work of school or you can’t sleep well, certainly contacting the physician’s office is reasonable,” Dr. Steven Tolber said.

Dr. Tolber says people can get a prescription for a nasal spray, or get an allergy injection if necessary.

Allergies can also trigger asthma. If that’s the case for you, go to your doctor before symptoms get bad.

 

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