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- What are Regional Allergies?
- Common Allergens in the U.S. Desert
- Symptoms of U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
- Diagnosing U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
- Help for U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
What are Regional Allergies?
Regional allergies vary depending on the part of the country you live in. Different regions contain different plants and trees that pollinate at different times of the year. The more you know about allergens common to your area and when they are the most troublesome, the easier it is to prevent and treat the associated symptoms.
The U.S. Desert region consists of Arizona and New Mexico. The warm, windy climate does contribute to many pollen allergies, however, the dry, warm air has also been known to help asthmatics who struggle with cold and humidity.
Common Allergens in the U.S. Desert
Trees common to the area are cedar, ash, oak, cypress, mesquite, ash and olive. Trees in this region pollinate from February to April. The grass season in this region lasts from April through October. Grass allergies common in the region are brome, canary, salt, rye and Bermuda grass. Weeds in the desert region pollinate from March through December and include sage, ragweed, iodine bush, saltbush and lambsquarters.
Symptoms of U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
U.S. Desert regional allergies result in hay fever type symptoms like sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, congestion and sinus inflammation. Other symptoms can include headaches, allergic cough, irritability and asthma. The warmer climate results in an abundance of pollen allergens that last throughout most of the year, from February through December. Although there are several pollens that can cause problems, many people who relocate to the region report improvements in sinus issues and asthma due to the warm, arid climate.
Diagnosing U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
Regional allergies, also called seasonal allergies or hay fever, are based on the time of year. In the U.S. Desert region, tree, weed and grass allergies are present from spring through fall. Diagnosis by an allergist usually involves a history of symptoms, timing and exposure. If a detailed history is not enough to make a conclusive determination, skin tests may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Skin tests involve placing small amounts of allergen extracts just beneath the skin's surface. When allergies are present, a raised bump or minor skin irritation will appear at the site within fifteen minutes. Once the allergens are determined, a personalized treatment and management plan can be established that may include avoiding triggers, the use of medications, or immunotherapy depending on the severity of the allergies.
Help for U.S. Desert Regional Allergies
Severe regional allergies are often treated with immunotherapy, a series of allergy shots that build up tolerance to allergy triggers. After allergy testing is complete, a personalized serum is developed and shots are given at regular intervals, helping the body naturally build resistance over time.
Antihistamine medications are effective for periodic allergy attacks, but not generally recommended for long-term allergy management. Many people prefer to seek natural remedies for seasonal allergies due to the undesirable side effects these medications cause. Homeopathic remedies are safe, side effect free and 100% natural. AllergyEase Desert contains 100% homeopathic ingredients especially selected to relieve symptoms of allergies common to the U.S. Desert region.