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Specialist: No impending close to Valley allergy season

PHOENIX -- The Valley's allergy specialists have been busy for the past few months and the sneezing and stuffiness will continue for awhile, a specialist said.

Typically the allergy season starts around spring training in February and March. Not this year.

"We started getting lots of calls in January from allergy sufferers," said Dr. Michael Saavedra.

Saavedra said the early start was caused by a warm, dry winter and spring. The Valley also had a few unusually early dust storms and that ramped up the problems for allergy sufferers.

"Those storms have the ability to put more pollen in the air as the wind blows through," he said. "They also bring more particulate matter, pollution."

Saavedra said allergy sufferers will finally catch a break in June and July.

"We're not done. We're still in the peak of allergy season. The pollen counts will remain elevated. It's going to be a difficult spring."

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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