Allergies worse this season |

Allergies worse this season

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news
Vail Daily/Preston UtleyTree pollen, ragweed and warm weather can cause allergies. Pollen grains will rise into the moderate range on Thursday, as July is peak flowering time for grass pollen.

SUMMIT COUNTY In the past week, the yellowish-green film of pine pollen has covered cars, but some say you cant blame it for your runny or stuffed-up nose.According to allergist Dr. William Silvers, pine pollen is hypoallergenic.While the pine pollen is floating around and people can see it, its really microscopic grass pollen that causes the problems, Silvers said. The truth is, even a high pine pollen count does not cause symptoms. Cedar and aspen pollen can cause big-time allergies, but those end in mid-May.However, some health care professionals disagree with Silvers.Put a handful of pine pollen up (someones) nose, and theyre going to sneeze, said Dr. (PJ) Perrinjaquet from High Country Health Care in Breckenridge.But whether or not pine pollen is the true culprit, plenty of other allergens cause the notorious symptoms.For patients that are allergic, the presence of even a small amount of grass pollen can cause a lot of symptoms including sneezing, a stuffy, runny nose and itchy eyes, Silvers said.This season, allergies have been more predominant in Summit County. For example, the Frisco Medical Center has been seeing more patients than usual with allergy problems because extra moisture has caused more things to grow, in turn causing more allergens, said Dr. James Bachman.Thursday, the quantity of pollen grains will rise into the moderate range, due to higher temperatures and the lower dewpoint. July is the peak flowering time for grass pollen, according to, a website that gives local pollen counts.In Denver, the pine and grass counts are high, weeds are moderate and mold is low, according to National Jewish Medical and Research Center.Allergies are the sixth-leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. They have a strong genetic component. A weakened immune system appears to be the cause of many allergies, when the body overresponds in an imbalanced manner to outside influences it would normally tolerate, said Frisco naturopath Justin Pollack.The treatment for allergies is very effective with very few side effects, said Dr. R. Casey Strahan at the Vail Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Group in Frisco. Theres a lot we can do, so theres no reason to suffer. (Newer prescription drugs) are much more effective with fewer side effects than over-the-counter medications. We can also customize the prescription to the individual.Pollack suggests a liver cleanse, balancing candida in the body and using herbal, nutritional and physical approaches.Strahan suggests seeing a physician if symptoms occur more than twice a week.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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