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Allergy season kicks off for many with first full day of spring

By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas
March 21 is the first full day of spring this year; for many, that means allergy season too.  
My nose gets itchy. My skin starts to itch. I sneeze a lot, and I can't sleep. (Its) especially bad this time of the year, Anna Marie Ordonez of west El Paso said.
The winds seem to kick up daily around El Paso and Las Cruces, making it hazy like this earlier this week.
Everyone has their own tricks to deal with allergies.
I do allergy shots. I do nasal spray. I do allergy medicine. I sometimes have to supplement that with Benadryl, Ordonez said.
But then there comes a time to see a doctor.
We talked to a specialist at Las Palmas.

We see a fresh crop of these people coming in, especially as the plant life starts to come back to life in El Paso. You start to kick up those irritants, Dr. Michael Payne said.
For some, allergies may make it seem like you have a cold; but Payne said allergies keep your misery pretty simple because a cold gives you more than just one symptom of feeling sick.
People with allergies, on the other hand, have just one of those symptoms affected. Usually just runny, itchy nose, or real itchy, watery eyes, Payne said.
How to battle them, on top of medications, can also be pretty easy.
It's trying to stay out when the winds are high; there's lots of pollen in the air. Try to stay generally clean, too, by showering when you get home to get all the pollen off your body," Payne said.