DENVER (CBS4)– Even if you aren’t sneezing or feeling the effects of allergies, chances are you know someone who is suffering.

According to CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida, people are already feeling the wrath of pollen across Colorado and the weather is to blame.

Hnida said just take a look outside and you’ll see two things: snow and little buds starting to sprout on trees. Those buds will kill your eyes, nose and throat if you’re an allergy sufferer.

Pollen levels for trees are already at the moderate level in Colorado. With the recent snowfall and warm temperatures in the forecast the levels are expected to escalate.

Hnida said to start allergy medication now because early medication will keep your immune system from going crazy when pollen counts hit the roof.

He said the best medicines are antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec and Benedryl.

Decongestants don’t stop allergies but only drain your nose.

Steroid nasal sprays from your doctor can also help. Hnida recommends over-the-counter saline nasal sprays and eye drops to wash out pollens.


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