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Warm weather making life miserable for allergy sufferers

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A branch from an ash tree, which is affecting allergy sufferers in February. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) A branch from an ash tree, which is affecting allergy sufferers in February. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

With the unseasonably warm temperatures Southern Nevada is experiencing, allergy season has arrived early.

Dr. Joel Katz with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Las Vegas said ash trees are the culprit now. They are blooming all over the Valley, creating a lot of yellow pollen.

March will bring the blooming of mulberry trees followed by olive trees, which is the worst for sufferers.

Allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, congestion, coughing, shortness of breath, skin rashes and wheezing for those with asthma.

Katz said many allergy sufferers get treated for sinus infections a few times a year not realizing they have allergies. A simple allergy skin test can help them find out to what they're allergic.

From there they can get relief with antihistamines, nasal steroids and asthma inhalers. Severe sufferers can also be put on a shot plan to get them immune to their allergens.

Katz creates a solution made up of the specific substances to which patients are allergic.

"We make a strong solution and dilute it down. We bring people in for a series of shots to desensitize them," Katz said.

Katz said if over-the-counter antihistamines, including Zyrtec and Claritin, work for you, then continue using that during the allergy seasons, but if the symptoms are out of control, see a specialist.

Katz said some doctors give steroid shots, but he doesn't recommend them because they can lead to immune suppression.

Other tricks for protecting yourself from allergies include keeping your windows up in your car and closed in your home to keep the pollen out, showering before bed and avoiding spending a great deal of time outdoors.

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