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Seasonal Allergies Plaguing Las Vegas Residents

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LAS VEGAS - An estimated 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies, including people in Las Vegas.

Spring allergies are very common in the valley. The main culprits are pollen, mulberry and juniper. Weeds can also cause allergy problems. During the spring, pollen is released.

Seasonal allergies can affect anyone. People can develop allergies as babies or adults. Allergies can also be inherited.

Many people struggle to tell the difference between colds and allergies. Both show similar symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. Doctors say colds should disappear within three days, however. Allergies can last for months.

Dr. Lubna Javed of Healthcare Partners says she has seen an increase in allergy patients.

"I see allergy patients almost every day. The problem here is the dryness plays the most important role. It's so dry. Another thing is that we have a lot of desert landscape here, so lots of weed, lots of ragweed, lots of dust," she said.

Trees and weeds are not the only things making people sneeze. Mites are growing in population as well. During the summer, mold will become an issue.

There are no cures for allergies, but there are many effective ways to prevent and treat them. Doctors recommend allergy sufferers first try over-the-counter medicine. If that does not work, see a doctor.

Doctors can determine what exactly is triggering your allergies, which can help you avoid exposure. For example, if you're allergic to pollen, trees release most of it in the early hours of the morning.

Doctors can also prescribe other types of medicine and shots. You have to be careful with what you take, because sometimes it can hurt more than it helps.

"It can increase your blood pressure, because these are decongestants. So, when I take them, they will constrict the blood vessels in my nose and make my symptoms better, but at the same time, if I have high blood pressure, it can elevate my blood pressure."

Some allergy sufferers use other remedies such as honey or a "Las Vegas allergy mix", which is a combination of natural ingredients that comes in the form of drops. Others say rubbing essential oils, such as lavender or coconut oil, on your body also helps.

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