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Allergy increase triggering asthma symptomns

Posted at 5:47 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 21:18:00-04

With temperatures warming up across Southern Arizona, allergy season is also heating up. 

People with allergies are experiencing sneezing and itchy eyes, but a Tucson allergist says one particular group of people have worse symptoms. 

Local allergist from Alvernon Allergy and Asthma, George Makol, says this season has been unique for allergies because warm temperatures came early. 

"It's perfect for pollen," says Makol. 

But not perfect for people who are allergic to pollen from trees and weeds. 

"The wind isn't making things any better for those who have allergies," said Dr. Makol.

"People have been coming and calling in with very itchy eyes. The wind is bothering them a lot. They're starting to have this sneezing and congestion."

In fact, Dr. Makol says the allergies have triggered asthma in patients. 

Jim Miller, an asthma patient of Dr. Makol says, "Just the dust that, it stirs up, but the wind will also bring in other weeds and pollens and stuff off the trees. It just gets really bad."

Dr. Makol says patients who have asthma and allergies suffer the most. It can lead to sinus infections, bronchitis, and other severe health problems. 

He recommends nasal sprays as one of the most effective remedies for nose and eyes.