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Valley doctors busy treating allergy sufferers

PHOENIX -- A lot of people are being bothered by allergies in the Valley.

Tempe St. Luke's Doctor David Mendelson said many of them are showing up at his office.

"We're seeing a big increase in allergies," said Mendelson. "Especially with the rain that we've been getting. That increases growth and pollen counts. The desert is starting to bloom."

When asked what is blooming in the desert, Mendelson said "it's almost what's not blooming. We have a lot of trees, and grass and flowers."

If you have allergies, Mendelson said closing the windows and using a filter at home can help you.

"I recommend using one that has a hepa filter," said Mendelson. "That purifies the air in the home. I recommend putting that in the bedroom, let it run 24 hours a day, and close the bedroom door so that at least you have purified air in the bedroom."

There are some over the counter medications that can help. Mendelson recommends Claritan, Allegra, and Zyrtec. He said if those don't work, you should consider seeing your doctor.

Mendelson said allergies will probably subside once temperatures reach 100 degrees, but allergy season will start again in the fall when temperatures go down.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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