Allergens are in the air

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. If you've been suffering from itchy eyes and a stuffy nose, unusually high pollen counts in Mesa County may be to blame.

This spring is looking to be a tough season for those with severe pollen allergies.

You want to steer clear of cottonwoods, poplars, and aspens for the time being because they currently account for three-fourths of the pollen count in the Grand Valley.

According to experts, this is the first time in ten years that pollen counts have reached such elevated levels.

"It's a cyclical sort of thing and it just depends on the season, so it's not uncommon, but if you have allergies, you are probably feeling pretty miserable right about now," says Veronica Daehn Harvey of the Mesa County Health Department.

While the allergens in the air may be annoying, there's not reason to be alarmed if you are an allergy sufferer.

Possible rain showers this weekend will help to clear out the air, so you if you have allergies, relief may be on its way.

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