Storms Allergy in the News


March 27, 2019

If your allergies are going nuts, your dog or cat could be to blame

COLORADO SPRINGS – Spring is here and that means it is time to say hello to your allergies.

“Spring is here, the tree pollen is out, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” said William Storms, M.D., William Storms Allergy Clinic and the Cough Center.

Right now it is trees that are pollinating. Grasses will start in June and weeds follow in July. When it comes to just how much pollen is in the air, well, it depends on the weather.

“When it’s nice and warm, sunny, a little wind then the pollen is really high,” Storms said. “If we get the cold weather in a few days, then the pollen goes down.”

Now is the time to starting taking your antihistamines. Storms suggests taking a pill such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra with a nasal spray like Flonase. If you notice that one brand of drug is not working as well, it may not just be in your head.

“It may help to switch from a Claritin to a Zyrtec to an Allegra,” Storms said. “But if you see that happening it really means that you need more than just that medicine and it’s time to see a doctor.”

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Aug 21, 2018

Haze impacting those with respiratory issues


The recent smoke in our skies is making life harder for people with respiratory problems. The haze is worsening symptoms for those dealing with allergies and asthma as well.

Smoky skies have been taking over southern Colorado this week. In fact, we’ve had many stretches of haze this summer. Yolanda LaCour says her symptoms are getting worse.

“I hate the smoke. It’s killing me I think,” says allergy and asthma patient Yolanda LaCour. “Getting very tight chest, you know, pressure and a lot of wheezing. Hard to catch my breath.”

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Allergic Living’s Tree Pollen Allergy Field Guide

Spring is in the air. Which means across America, virile male trees are busily spreading their highly allergenic pollen. The microscopic grains float around like a fog, blanketing some areas with a yellowish-green mist.

Even when you can’t see pollen, it’s there, causing up to 40 million Americans to endure itchy eyes, painful congestion, running noses and sleepless nights.

Certain trees are notorious pollinators. Gender also plays a role: male dioecious (separate sexed) trees trigger the worst reactions, although monoecious (dual sexed) aren’t much better. Since avoidance is one of the strategies to fight hay fever, it’s helpful to know which trees are the most allergenic – and where to find them.

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