Sneezing, itchy and watery eyes: Spring brings BIG allergy issues in Valley

PHOENIX - Sneezing, congestion, watery eyes -- they're all telltale signs of allergies, which are starting to hit hard around our state.

The Valley's pollen levels are high, with the increase being sparked by Ash, Poplar, and Mulberry.

Allergies can strike year-round in Arizona, but doctors say they see as much as a 20 percent increase in patients this time of year.

Most symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medications, but Valley doctor Mark Wyse of Family Practice Specialists in Phoenix, says if you're in pain it could be something worse.

Wyse says colds or fevers typically come with aches, and a sinus infection brings sinus pain. Allergies tend to just be runny, clear mucus, teary eyes, and sneezing. Wyse says if there's pain you might be dealing with a bacterial infection which would warrant a doctor visit.

There are some things you can do at home to help ease your allergy symptoms.

Doctor Wyse recommends taking a hot shower, twice a day, or at least before bed to wash the pollen off your body. A humidifier inside your bedroom could also help.

Finally, Wyse advises against keeping your windows open so that you can keep the pollen out.

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