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Windy day spawns Arizona allergy concerns

PHOENIX -- The high winds in Arizona made things tough on allergy sufferers Tuesday.

Dr. Tara Carr, with the Sinus and Allergy Clinic at the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson, said she's been swamped with patients.

"I tend not to say no to people who want to come in," she said. "I've been adding on patients every day who are not feeling well or want to be seen sooner than the next available appointment."

Carr suggested that those with allergy problems stay indoors and make sure the air conditioning is on and the filters are clean. She said that relief may also be as close as your nearest drug store.

"There are over-the-counter medications that can be helpful for patients with milder allergy symptoms," Carr said. "There are over-the-counter antihistamine pills, some of which are non-sedating and can last for 24 hours. There are decongestant pills that patients can take for nasal congestion. There's an over-the-counter nasal steroid spray called Nasacort that can be helpful if patients are using it regularly."

If those don't help, Carr said your doctor may be able to give a prescription or an allergy shot to help alleviate symptoms. You should also see an allergy specialist if you don't know what it is that you're allergic to.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

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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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