Pollen and wind have allergy sufferers seeking relief
Warmer weather often brings allergies along with it. Pollen and wind are forcing many allergy sufferers to seek relief.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Warmer weather often brings allergies along with it. Pollen and wind are forcing many allergy sufferers to seek relief.
Katie Ramsey said she gets an allergy shot once a week to build up her immunity and help prevent sinus infections.
"It's just an ongoing thing and with most people, there's really not a lot you can do," said another allergy sufferer, Greg Evans. "But the shots do seem to help."
Many patients have waited more than a month just to see their allergist.
"This is the worst time ever," said allergy patient Laura Ahumada. "Even my family and friends who didn't have allergies before are coughing and sneezing."
On Wednesday, the pollen count was at 10.9 out of 12.
Dr. Jim Christensen said the peak is due to premature warm temperatures, dust, wind and the main culprit -- mulberry trees.
"As it starts to warm up, the trees like it at about 70 to 85 (degrees). That's when they're going to pollinate," said Dr. Christensen.
Since the mid 1980s, mulberry trees were banned from being planted. But you can still find them all across the Valley, including on the UNLV campus.
Dr. Christensen says only 20 percent of people are sensitive to allergies. Sometimes allergies are confused with the common cold.
"With an allergy it comes on instantaneously and can go away instantaneously," said Dr. Christensen.
He says peak pollen counts are in the morning. He recommends allergy sufferers change their clothes and shower when getting home.