Spring Allergy Tips for Western Colorado | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog



Your Guide to Surviving Spring Allergies in Western Colorado

Spring is here and the trees are starting to bloom, which means allergy season is also in full swing for allergy sufferers throughout Western Colorado. Save yourself from the sniffling and sneezing this year by using some of these proven allergy-busting tips. 

Is it a cold or allergies?

To make sure you’re using the most effective treatment plan, you must first determine whether you’re suffering from allergies or a cold. Many of the symptoms look and feel similar, but colds tend to clear up in less than 14 days, while allergies can last for months. 

Take a shower after spending time outside

Allergies can get worse when you spend time outside, especially if the specific allergens that you’re allergic to are currently floating through the air. Since Western Colorado is far too scenic to spend time locked up inside, you’ll need another solution.

In an interview with KKCO NBC 11 News, Dr. David Scott (who works with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado) shared a useful tip that any allergy sufferer can try: “After you've been outside, if you're someone who is allergic to pollen, then showering, changing clothing can help.” 

If you won’t have access to a shower, bring some baby wipes and fresh clothes you can change into after adventuring. 

Check local resources for up-to-date allergy information

Grand Junction residents can visit www.gjpollen.com whenever there’s a question about allergies in the area. The site shares data from pollen that is sampled twice per week from the roof of the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado. 

Try over the counter allergy medications

In his interview with NBC 11 News, Dr. Scott also shared some advice for people who suffer from more severe allergies. According to his expert advice, If you have worse symptoms, then you may need to take medication. There's a lot of options over the counter. [With oral] antihistamines, we recommend taking a non-sedating type, like Zyrtec or Allegra.” 

Learn about the most common pollens in Western Colorado

The most common allergy-producing pollens found in Western Colorado include: 

  • Elm
  • Juniper
  • Cottonwood
  • Bermuda
  • Orchard grass
  • Timothy grass
  • Kochia
  • Ragweed
  • Sagebrush 

To learn more about different pollens, including where you’re most likely to encounter each type, visit this page on the Grand Junction Pollen Count website. 

Schedule a visit with an allergist

Allergies can be complicated, and figuring out what you’re allergic to sometimes feels like an uphill battle. That’s where an allergist comes into play. These specialists can pinpoint your specific allergens to create a more effective treatment plan. 

Once you know whether you’re allergic to elm pollen, ragweed, or something else, it’s much easier to manage seasonal allergies. To find an allergist: