Do you deal with asthma and allergies in Arizona? Read more from our doctors and other resources about food allergies, pharmaceutical trends and more.

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The answer is not as easy as some would think. There are many factors that affect our health. To support a healthy immune system one consideration is what you are fueling your body with day to day. This is more complicated than picking regular or premium unleaded gasoline for your car.

Swapping a diet high in processed foods full of preservatives/sugars and artificial sweeteners for a whole food based diet is one of the best ways to provide your body with the right kind of fuel. The old saying, “You are what you eat” is proving to be the root of good health. Many patients will inquire about taking supplements to boost their immune system. It is true that we can obtain the nutrients we need from the vast assortment of vegetables, fruits, fiber rich whole and cracked grains, beans and legumes, fish/seafood and other protein sources, healthy fats, fresh herbs, spices and teas. Indulging *sparingly*on 1-2 glasses of red wine per day or dark chocolate also show in studies added health benefits. How many of us are consuming enough of these powerhouse nutrient rich foods every day?

Based on the current research there are several vitamins and supplements that support a healthy immune system. For example, if you are deficient in Vitamin D (have a Vitamin D 25, hydroxyurea blood level drawn by our medical professionals) taking a supplement can bring the level back into normal range. Residing in the southwest doesn’t protect you from Vitamin D deficiency. It is true that our bodies convert Vitamin D2 to Vitamin D3 with sun exposure, but due to skin cancer risk we should limit our direct sun exposure to 20-30 minutes per day. Wearing a daily SPF 30 zinc oxide based sunscreen is recommended, but this also reduces our Vitamin D absorption. Vitamin D acts as an important part of the immune system and promotes the uptake of calcium in our intestine to support dense strong bones. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with more frequent infections and linked to increasing risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 diabetes mellitus.

We can’t talk about supporting a healthy immune system without mentioning the digestive tract where about 90% of your immune system stems from. Lately, this is one area in medicine that is getting a lot of press. Maintaining healthy gut bacteria with a healthy diet and a daily probiotic can certainly put you on the path to wellness. An important tip for purchasing supplements is finding a professional grade brand that is third party verified for purity and quality. A probiotic with multiple strains totaling 25 billion CFUs (colony forming units) is typically adequate for adults and children. Consider scheduling an appointment here at AAAI with Nicole Englert PA-C for our Alliance Care to further guide you on quality supplement and healthy living recommendations.

So we are back to where we started…we are what we eat! Who knew bacteria can be your friend…healthy probiotic bacteria that is.  Don’t forget to get adequate sleep, typically 7-8 hours a night.  Healthy stress management practices such as exercise, yoga, meditation, journaling, reading and even tackling a new hobby or bringing back an old one that brings you joy are all great ways to start feeling well again.

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seasonal allergies in arizona

Our Arizona weather is warming up, so everyone wants to open up the doors and windows to take a breath of fresh air.  If you suffer from allergies, asthma or eczema, this act will likely increase those Spring sniffles, wheezing and itchy rashes.  Who says we don’t have four seasons in Arizona?  Well if depends on what kind of seasons you are referring to.  Here is Arizona we have four allergy seasons, because our temperatures don’t get below freezing enough to make most of the plants and weeds go dormant.  So how do we enjoy our beautiful Spring here in the desert without feeling miserable?  Implement these tips and you are likely to enjoy our warm weather with a clearer head, lungs and skin.

1)  Keep your windows and doors shut at least during the peak pollen count times of day:  late morning, early afternoon and on winndy days.  You can sign up on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s website or smart phone apps to receive notifications about airborne allergens  in your area.

2)  Consider using 3M filtrate filters in your home to trap about 30% more allergens and  a small room air purifier with a HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom.

3)  Vacuum frequently, preferably with a model that uses a HEPA filter.

4)  Keep animals out of the bedroom, even if you’re not allergic to pets.  They bring pollens into your room and onto you bed.  Bathe your pet once weekly to keep pet dander to a minimum.

5)  Wash all bedding once a week in hot water and consider using an allergen-proof pillow case/mattress cover.

6)  Regularly launder window coverings, such as curtains and dust or wipe to clean blinds.

7)  Change clothes and shower before bed to remove pollen from hair and skin.

Reducing exposure to pollens is the key to managing allergies, but the fact is we can’t live in a bubble.  Your allergists here at AAAI will assist you in optimally controlling your symptoms.  Schedule an appointment with one of our providers to further discuss preventative and treatment recommendations.

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seasonal allergies in arizona

1. Myth: Moving to the desert will cure my allergies.

Truth: There really is no allergy-free region in the United States. Deserts have many pollen producing plants, such as sagebrush, cottonwood and olive trees. Relocating may offer relief for a while, but allergies to local plants could develop before long.

2. Myth: All I need to control my allergies is an air cleaner.

Truth: A HEPA air cleaner or purifier will only remove allergens floating in the air; they do nothing for pollen on your clothes, in your hair or pet dander on your couch.

3. Myth: I only need to take my allergy medication when I’m feeling really bad.

Truth: Most allergy medications work best if taken daily, beginning a week or so before the allergy season begins-before your symptoms get the better of you!

4. Myth: There’s nothing I can do to stop the sneezing; allergy medications just make me sleepy.

Truth: Non-sedating medications are effective at relieving symptoms, including some antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids. Remember to avoid over the counter nasal decongestant sprays for more than 1-3 days because of the potential for addictive side effects. As with all medications purchased over the counter it is important to read and follow dosing and safety instructions printed on the medication label and talk with your allergist about any concerns. Many people also find effective relief from nasal washes.

5. Myth: I’ve never had allergies before, so this runny nose must be a cold.

Truth: You can develop new allergies at any time, even as an adult. If your eyes, nose and throat are itchy, your nasal drip is clear and thin and symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, it could be an allergy.

Modified from Allergy & Asthma Today Spring 2014 Vol 12, Issue 1

Here at AAAI we have same day appointments available with our providers to assist you with all of your allergy concerns.

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