Doctors seeing more allergy patients this year

Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 20:42:34-04

Spring temperatures hit early this year and its set allergy season off to a miserable start.

Allergists say their offices have been filled with allergy patients. 

“This year has been particularly bad starting in probably February for me.” said David Baron who typically suffers from allergies but nothing like this year.

Baron told ABC15 he has actually had to call in sick from work.

“A couple days I missed work. It was just so bad that my eyes were watering and it was really hard to concentrate.” recalled Baron.

“We've had a very bad spring , it actually started in February and it’s just getting worse.” said Dr. Mark Shubert with Allergy Asthma Clinic in Tempe.

Shubert says allergy sufferers will have symptoms similar to a cold, only the itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion doesn’t go away.

The biggest allergy offenders are Olive, Mulberry, Ash , Juniper, Mesquite and Palo Verde tress.

He suggests allergy patients take action around their homes. 

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Flowering plants and bushes have a bad rap, but Shubert says they’re actually good for allergies.

“Any plant that has a large flower or large smell is not going to use the air to make the pollen go around, it's going to use an insect.” said Shubert.

The exception is the Palo Verde tree, it does have a yellow flower and uses both bees and the air to pollenate.

You can also take precautions inside your home.

“Even though it’s so beautiful outside probably should have your windows shut and the air conditioner on and don't forget to change your air filters.” suggested Shubert.

Also try wearing a pollen mask when cutting your lawn.