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Allergy Double Whammy: Why You Feel So Lousy

If you're feeling a little extra clogged, itchy, and wheezy -- allergies may be to blame -- after all, it is allergy season. But to make matters worse, we have hit a time when we are having issues with two types of pollens: Trees and grasses. It's a pollen double-whammy of high level counts.

Typically the trees start causing issues in the early spring -- then gradually fade away as we head into June. And June just happens to be the time of year when grasses begin to sprout and spread. But not in 2015.

This year we've got a little extra misery with the overlap of these two types of pollen. The trees have been freaking out with the warm temps/weird snow cycles we went through in early spring (you can still see new budding) -- and all of this moisture is pushing those grass blades to spit out lots of pollen as well. So both are pollenating.

It's a sneezy wheezy one-two punch. Pollen counts are moderate to high for both trees and grasses.

The cycle will probably continue for a couple more weeks … then it'll mainly be grasses as the sole player. But not for long -- weeds are waiting right around the corner to team up with grasses to make you miserable.

Blame this crazy weather -- blame whatever you want. It just adds up to feeling lousy.

If you'd like information on daily pollen counts, here's a link. (Remember pollen counts can change through the course of the day, and can differ in different parts of the Front Range.)
Dr. Dave Hnida is CBS4's Medical Editor. He blogs about the latest studies and trends in the health world. Read his latest blog entries, check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @drdavehnida

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