Friday could be worst pollen day

Posted at: 03/06/2013 6:46 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 6:47 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Allergy season is starting in Albuquerque and around New Mexico.

According to an allergist at UNM, 2012 wreaked havoc for people with allergies. But Dr. Mark Schuyler said this year’s allergy season is unpredictable.

“Because, it depends on the weather, and the particulars of the weather. The temperature, the winds, the humidity, how well the past season has been for the juniper trees,” Dr. Schuyler said.

But the KOB Eyewitness News 4 Meteorologists are predicting windy conditions for Friday and Saturday, meaning the pollen will be flying around.

Juniper trees are the worst at the start of spring, according to Dr. Schuyler. But that is only the beginning of the onslaught.

“In the spring time, there's trees. In the summer, there's grasses. And in the summer and fall, there's weeds,” he said.

And people in Albuquerque are starting to feel the pain.

“They're pretty bad. I mean, they'll put me in bed for a day if I get a bad sinus pressure headache, which happens every few months, I guess,” Christian Dimery said.

“I try to just battle it, myself. Suffer through it,” Ben Haynes said.

“I run down by the river, so I'm feeling it in my throat right now,” Julia Maynard said.

Dr. Schuyler said once allergy season starts, it will be bad until the first frost, which could come around mid to late October.