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Southern Nevadans forced to combat allergy season

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Spring is allergy season for many in the Las Vegas Valley. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Spring is allergy season for many in the Las Vegas Valley. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
It's the peak of mulberry pollen season. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) It's the peak of mulberry pollen season. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
The pollen brings about sneezing, runny nose and sneezing in many. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) The pollen brings about sneezing, runny nose and sneezing in many. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
You might try a homeopathic remedy before going to a doctor. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) You might try a homeopathic remedy before going to a doctor. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
If your symptoms are severe, you should seek a medical professional. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) If your symptoms are severe, you should seek a medical professional. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's allergy season in southern Nevada. Doctors say we're at or near the peak of mulberry pollen season, and next comes olive.

Some symptoms of allergies include runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing.

Some people try homeopathic remedies, including the Las Vegas Allergy Mix, to relieve their symptoms. The mix is designed to target allergens found in our arid region.

"For temporary relief, it's about as good as it gets. You don't have the associated side-effects that you'd get with harsher pharmaceuticals," nutrition store owner Charles Green said.

Some people try honey to relieve symptoms, with the belief that bees carry the pollen and when you ingest honey, it acts as a sort of vaccine for pollen.

Allergy and asthma specialist Dr. Joel Katz said honey won't generally work because bees carry flower pollen, not tree pollen, which is pollinated in the air.

He said if homeopathic remedies do work for you, that's great. Otherwise, try over-the-counter drugs, but be careful of ones that make you drowsy.

"But if they are having more serious symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing or cough, they need to seek traditional medical help," Katz added.

Katz has some extra tips to ward off allergies. Drive with your air conditioner on to keep pollen out. Keep your air conditioner on at home as well. Wash your hair before bed. Try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when pollen counts are highest, so you should exercise before or after those hours.

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