Officials seeing rise in allergy problems in Valley

PHOENIX - Are you coughing, sneezing and tired of using up all the tissues in the house because of your runny nose?

Well, you are not alone Valley health officials are reporting an increase in the number of people having problems with allergies.

Kristin Hagge is a nurse practitioner with Minute Clinic, she said it's because of higher than normal temperatures.

"We certainly have noticed an increase of patients coming in with allergy symptoms. The pollen counts go up as the temperatures rise," said Hagge.

Hagge said there are a number of things people can do to make allergy season easier. Antihistamines, allergy medications and nasal sprays are all available over-the-counter.

"When allergies go untreated we see a lot of people coming in with sinus infections, ear infections, sometimes even eye infections as well," said Hagge.

Besides medication officials said there are also several non-pharmaceutical ways to control allergies.

"It's a little tough to avoid it, but try to keep your windows closed and use the air conditioning, some people say changing you clothes is good. Vacuum and most importantly use a saline spray," said Hagge.

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