NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Maybe it hit you over the weekend or perhaps a few weeks ago regardless, if you’re itching, sneezing, have a runny nose and watery eyes — you’re not alone.

Some doctors say they are seeing more people sick in North Texas.

Medical experts say the mild winter means allergies are and will be much worse this year.

According to Dr. David Winter, with Baylor Health Care, confusing allergies with a common cold is easy to do.

“The symptoms can be very similar but there are supple differences. For example, you’re more likely to have watery, runny eyes and sneezing with the allergies than you are with the cold virus,” said Dr. Winter.

The mild weather seems to also be contributing to a rash of cold and stomach viruses. In most cases Dr. Winter says the viruses will be done in three or four days — but not always.

“If you miss more than a couple days work, if you have a high, spiking fever and have trouble getting out of bed, you ought to go see a doctor about that. Some of those things need to be treated with more than just over-the-counter medications.”

As far as allergies go, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, out of 100 cities Dallas is the 24th most challenging place to live with allergies. The foundation considered several factors for the rankings including — pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores), the amount of allergy medication used per patient and the number of allergy specialists available per patient.

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy.

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