Dust and pollen causing more doctor visits in ABQ

Created: 04/30/2014 6:30 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The recent stretch of nasty weather has created a nightmare for residents of the Duke City. Not only has it been hard to see what's in front of you, but it's also been hard to breathe.

"I think with the wind and dust and everything is makes it really bad for allergies out here. My son's asthmatic. He's had a really hard time," said Liana Eugene.

Dr. Rod McVeety from ABQ Health Partners has noticed more people coming to visit him this month and not just because of the dust in the air.

"We have a lot of pollens and a lot of different trees and April seems to be where everything overlaps," he said.

In fact, April and May are the worst months for allergy sufferers in Albuquerque, with pollens ranging from Juniper to Cottonwoods floating through the city.

On dusty days like today, it's the people with respiratory issues, including asthmatics, people with chronic lung problems, and emphysema, that have to be concerned.

The pollens and dust usually start to settle down in late June, which coincides with the monsoon.

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