Warm weather brings early allergy season

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) As the temperatures warm up in Northern Nevada, the pollen count goes up with it.

"The trees start to get happy," Dr. Jeffrey Nuget says. "It's usually juniper and elm first and then we start to see our other trees after that."

Nuget says the weather, especially the wind, plays a major role in allergy season because of wind-pollinated plants.

"Usually it's not the flowers that you see," he says. "It's when the wind comes through and that's when we are going to see more symptoms."

The Sterns family says they're affected each year by allergies, especially father Rick Sterns.

"Oh my God, I thought I was dying," Sterns says. "I couldn't breathe even walking a little bit and I was out of breath."

His wife Erin says sometimes it gets so bad it wakes up the rest of the family.

"He snores and wakes up the family and, yeah, we are dealing with it and getting that looked at for him," she says.

Dr. Nuget says the first line of defense is to keep mucus membranes moist and if you are experiencing symptoms to start with nasal sprays and over-the-counter medications.