Allergy season arrives early across Valley

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A wet winter and warmer spring temperatures have created the perfect storm for allergies across the Phoenix area.

Allergy season has arrived early this year.

Jodie Bertrand loves living in Arizona, but spring isn't exactly her favorite season. That's because when the flowers bloom, her allergies act up.

"It smells really nice outside, and you take one whiff of the sweet Acacia trees, and there it goes," said Bertrand. "Your nose starts running, eyes start watering, you start coughing and getting a dry throat.  It just comes all at once."

Allergy sufferers across the Valley are taking a hit sooner than expected this year.

All the winter rain, combined with some unusually warm weather this week, has sparked an early allergy season.

Plants, bushes and flowers are all in bloom across the desert.

Dr. Michael Manning said the first step is determining the things to which you are allergic.

"Not all medicines control the same symptoms," said Manning. "If you are developing infections - waking up tired - not doing stuff that is keeping you from going outside and visiting friends, then you might want to do something about it."

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Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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