Allergy season; docs say it started early, and it's a bad one

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing? If you're experiencing these symptoms, blame spring allergies.

Unlike spring which pretty much came in like a lamb, this years allergy season came in like a lion, and experts say it started early.

This spring has been a rough one for Bryan Williams, his allergies are worse than ever before."They just started this season, I noticed I started waking up really tired, that moonshine under my eyes. I'll wake up with a sore throat, feel really congested back there," said Bryan Williams.

It just so happens Williams is studying to be a pediatrician and interning at allergy associates in Mesa.

"It does seem like I'm seeing more people who said this year is worse for them. They've been taking regular medications that they've taken in the past, and this year it doesn't seem to work for them," said Dr. Miriam Anand. 

Dr. Anand said the symptoms haven't changed; itchy watery eyes, stuffy runny noses, and sinus infections.

"The first thing is try to avoid the things that trigger your symptoms, for many people it is pollen," she said.

Anand says that allergy sufferers should try over the counter relief first, but if the problem persists she reccomends seeing your physician or possibly an allergist.

"Steroids, or steroid shots can help your symptoms right away, but they can have a lot of long-term side effects," said Anand.

"I'm seeing my primary care physician, he's providing medicines," said Williams.

As for Williams who moved here from Portland for medical school, he's decided to make an appointment with his doctor because as beautiful as spring has been he wants to start enjoying it.
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