Suggestions for dealing with allergies

Posted at: 03/25/2013 7:05 PM
Updated at: 03/25/2013 7:07 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky, some would argue days like this make it the most beautiful time of the year.

But if you are among those who cannot walk outside without a box of tissue in hand, sneezing, and battling itchy, watery eyes, you may argue it is actually the most miserable time of the year.

Dr. Steven Tolber is an allergy specialist.  To some degree, he said, those who suffer from allergies and those who do not, depends on where individuals live.

Juniper is a major culprit this time of year, and the plant is all over Albuquerque.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 looked up the pollen counts for Monday. For those who live on the east side of town, Juniper was the highest allergen, measuring 714 compared to Elm at a low 2.  On the west side, Juniper is also the highest, with a count of 548, compared to Elm at a low 2.

There are simple things people can do for some relief, Tolber said.

"Obviously not going out on windy days can be helpful because the pollen is being shifted all around by the wind," Tolber said.  "Another thing that's very helpful is to use saltwater irrigation of your nose."

Immediately after being exposed to outside allergens, changing clothes and showering is a good idea.  When the winds die down in time for summer, Tolber said, so should the severe symptoms.

"As we get drier and hotter, perhaps more toward the 90's, things quiet down," Tolber said.

According to, a website that monitors the "misery index" of allergy sufferers nationwide, on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the worst, this Wednesday is expected to be over an 11.