While keeping your own yard free of offending high pollen-producing plants and trees will not have much impact in the grand scheme of the region’s pollen count, there is no need to add to the problem.
Turns out the valley is full of native and non-native plants and trees that can inflame allergies with their pollen.
“Some people will have shortness of breath, wheezing or asthma symptoms when they have allergic reactions with the pollens,” Katz said. “People with asthma particularly have trouble. When pollen counts are high, it causes inflammation in the lungs.”
“You should shower and wash your hair every night to remove allergens,” Katz said.
A lot of seasonal-allergy sufferers move to the desert with visions of clear, non-itchy eyes and voices that are no longer scratchy or nasal-toned.
“The biggest complaint will be nasal congestion, a runny nose that almost feels like a cold but it doesn’t go away. Unlike a typical viral infection that leaves after one to two weeks, allergies keep going. . Other symptoms are itchy, watery eyes and frequent sneezing.”
Those with hay fever should also be aware of oral allergy syndrome. In some cases an allergy-sufferer’s immune system will respond to some food proteins as it would pollen proteins. Allergic reactions to certain pollens are tied to reactions to particular foods.
McKnight also cautioned against steroids used to treat allergies, because they can lead to side effects such as osteoporosis, cataracts and hypertension.
If you are one of those suffering, here are some tips for making life easier when pollen proliferates:
Ask allergists in Las Vegas, and they will tell you they see them in their waiting rooms every spring. A lot of seasonal-allergy sufferers move to the desert with visions of clear, non-itchy eyes and voices that are no longer scratchy or nasal-toned. But sufferers of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever as it's commonly called, who move to desert environments like Southern Nevada in search of relief from seasonal allergies frequently are sorely disappointed.
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