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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.
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.
We are now located at:
13860 N. Northsight Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone (480) 451-6756
Fax (480) 451-8679
To serve you better, Arizona Asthma & Allergy Institute is opening a new office at 3200 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 125, on August 5, 2013. The office is conveniently located on the first floor of the Biltmore Commerce Center. There will be dedicated handicapped parking space as well as ample parking. Please contact us at (602) 843-2991 for any questions.
We have enjoyed doing business with you and appreciate your support. We hope that you will get acquainted with our new location soon!