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How to Survive Spring Allergies in Arizona

Many people move to Arizona to get relief from their allergies.

But—sadly—moving here may actually make allergy symptoms even worse.

How is that possible?

Well, according to Northern Arizona Healthcare, ”Arizona itself has many allergens, especially in the spring when the wildflowers and desert bloom.”

Our dry weather (and lack of rain) makes things worse. Dry air increases the dehydration and buoyancy of the pollen, helping grain to travel great distances—sometimes up to 50 miles!

To survive spring allergies in Arizona you need to know how to:

  • Prevent allergy symptoms before they start
  • Treat yourself once allergies start affecting you

How to prevent spring allergies

Shower at night— This will help remove the pollen on your hair and skin

Wash your sheets weekly in hot water—The last thing you want is to sleep with your allergens and breathe them in all night.

Dust weekly using a wet mop and wet cloths— Wet mops and cloths pick up dust and pollen better than dry ones.

Vacuum weekly with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter— According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a HEPA filter will trap at least 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns (that includes dust and pollen).

Wear a mask when you do outside chores— If you’ve got yard work to do, make sure you might consider wearing a high-quality facemask.

Reduce outside activity on high pollen count days— The amount of pollen in the air (pollen count) varies each day. Check Weather channel’s PollenCast to get a 4-day forecast of the pollen count in your area. As a rule of thumb, pollen count is high on dry, windy days and low on rainy days.

Install an air scrubber in your home— An air scrubber (which is installed in your air duct system) helps allergy sufferers by reducing:

  • Pollen
  • Air pollutants
  • VOCs (chemical odors)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Odor-causing bacteria
  • Odors caused by pets and cooking

Air scrubbers are often used by hospitals to keep air clean for their patients.

Learn more about air scrubbers.

How to treat spring allergies

Antihistamine Medicine — Helping alleviate:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and eye itching
  • Postnasal drip.

Popular antihistamines include:

  • Benadryl
  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec

Decongestant Medicine — When your nose gets stuffy, antihistamines may not help—but decongestants may be the answer.

Sudafed—a popular decongestant—is sold behind the counter, but you don’t need a prescription.

See an allergist—If the above treatments aren’t cutting it, see a local allergist that can determine what exactly you are allergic to so they can prescribe the treatment that’s right for you.