Allergies arrive ahead of schedule in the Valley

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing. We're not talking about a cold or the flu... it's allergies and they've arrived early in the Valley.

If you're one of the lucky one's, you've been spending time outside this warm winter and haven't sneezed once. For the rest of us, this is a season driven by sniffling.

"[It was] just hard to breathe; congestion with the nose, itchy eyes," Jackie Forbes said. 

Forbes was one of those sufferers. The only reason she's not now is because she gets weekly allergy shots in Scottsdale, and the past few weeks she hasn't been alone.

"It's really unusual for this time of year to be having full schedules like we are," said Dr. Aaron Davis with Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates in Scottsdale. He said the number of calls from patients is something he usually sees in March, but our warmer than normal weather has kick-started the season weeks early with the air full of pollen and dust.

"Flowers will bloom or come out at the same time as the wind pollen will come out so it's a good marker of allergies," Davis said.

And so waiting rooms are also filling up earlier than normal with more people like Forbes hoping to leave better prepared for the long season ahead.