How to deal with brutal spring allergies

“Spring allergies are horrible this year.”
Where there's pollen, there are allergies that can make you miserable. Here are some things you can do to mitigate the symptoms.
Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 9:25 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 20, 2022 at 10:23 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – If you have allergies, you’ve probably been dealing with them since the start of meteorological spring on March 1. Possibly before. Spring officially started with the spring equinox on Sunday, but don’t tell Mother Nature. Not only has she presented us with some warmer-than-average days, but she’s also sent some wind our way. Wind has been the big weather story lately, and where there’s wind, there’s blowing pollen. (You have to see this video a viewer from Payson shared with the Arizona’s Family Weather Facebook group.) And where there’s blowing pollen, there are allergies that can make you miserable. “The warm temperatures have helped plants and trees bloom,” Arizona’s meteorologist Ian Schwartz said. “You add in consistent winds tossing all that pollen around, and you are going to get people sneezing!”

You have to see this: Wind-blown pollen in Payson

Bertha Padilla-Escobedo posted this video of pollen in Payson on the Arizona's Family Weather Group on Facebook. The video alone is enough to make you sneeze!

“Spring allergies are horrible this year,” Dr. Julie Wendt of Relieve Allergies, Asthma & Hives in Scottsdale told Arizona’s Family Wednesday morning. “These little microscopic pollens don’t look much different than the bacteria and viruses that are attacking our body, so the body just responds.”

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Wendt said the best thing you can do is avoid pollen as much as possible. “What I mean is make your indoor environment a sanctuary,” she explained. “Keep the doors and windows of your home closed. Let the air conditioning and heating do the work for you.” You should change your air filters regularly, even more often during allergy season. “Consider getting an air purifier and using it and taking care of it,” Wendt continued.

Keeping your pets clean is also key, especially if they go outside. Wipe them down with a baby or pet wipe as soon as they come back into the house. You don’t want them to bring allergens in with them. It’s not just pets that bring in pollen. We’re carriers, too. “Leave your shirt and shoes at the door, so you’re not bringing anything in … Wear washed clothes once you get inside so that you’re not carrying pollen all over your furniture and house.” Wendt also suggested showering before you turn in, so you don’t take pollen to bed with you.

↗ 5-day allergy forecast for Phoenix from Pollen.com

Over-the-counter medications can help, but they come with some side effects and risks, especially if you’re taking them often. “If you’re taking a lot of medication, I always recommend that you come in to see a board-certified allergist this time of year in order to avoid some of those symptoms.”

Natural remedies for your brutal allergies

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