Select a Topic
- What are Regional Allergies?
- Common Allergens in Pacific U.S. Region
- Symptoms of Pacific U.S. Regional Allergies
- Diagnosing Pacific U.S. Regional Allergies
- Treatment for Pacific U.S. 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.
Seasonal allergies in the Pacific region can be problematic almost year round. Tree pollen is most prevalent in the spring, and the late fall brings the Santa Ana winds, which carry a lot of pollen in-land. Grass pollens are prevalent from May to July and weed pollens follow during August and September.
Common Allergens in Pacific U.S. Region
Trees that cause the most allergy-related issues in the Pacific region are cedar, rye and walnut. Others that can also cause problems are ash, alder, juniper, box elder and oak. In the Pacific region, trees pollinate from February to June.
Common grass allergies include bluegrass, bermuda grass, brome, vernal, wheat and redtop. Weeds common to the region are ragweed, sage, lambsquarters, pigweed and Russian thistle. Year-round allergens include tumbleweed, coastal sage and western ragweed.
Symptoms of Pacific U.S. Regional Allergies
Pacific 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. Some allergies can be problematic year-round in this region, but the worst months are February to November.
Diagnosing Pacific U.S. Regional Allergies
Regional allergies, also called seasonal allergies or hay fever, are based on the time of year. In the Pacific region, tree weed and grass allergies are present for many months of the year. 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 exposing the patient to tiny amounts of allergens placed just beneath the surface of the skin. When allergies are present, there will be a raised bump or minor skin irritation at the site within fifteen to thirty 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 Pacific U.S. 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.
For those with minor allergies, simple techniques like removing shoes and clothing immediately after being outdoors and showering right away can eliminate pollens and other toxins that attach to skin, hair and clothing. HEPA air filters and vacuums are also effective for removing pollens brought in from outside. Antihistamine medications are effective for periodic allergy attacks, but not generally recommended for long-term allergy management.