Are you experiencing sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, a runny nose, or itchy, watery eyes? You might be experiencing allergies associated with the plants, flowers, grasses, trees, and weeds that are currently in bloom. While we need rain in the desert, it is making for a terrible allergy season. What can you do at your home to prevent triggering allergies? You can start by avoiding plants that trigger allergies.
What are allergies?
When you have an allergy, you have a heightened sensitivity to an allergen – a foreign substance. Common allergies include dust, pollen, and pet dander. Your body overreacts when it encounters allergens, causing the immune system to go into overdrive. When this happens, you experience runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and other symptoms.
Arizona Plants that Trigger Allergies
Arizona, especially the Phoenix area, is a place where native and non-native plants that trigger allergies exist together. If you can avoid some of these, you will experience fewer allergy symptoms. Native plants include a species of ambrosia called triangle lead bursage, mesquite, and Palo Verde. Non-native olive, white mulberry, Russian thistle, and common grasses including Bermuda, fescue, and perennial rye all trigger allergies.
Tips for Dealing with Allergies
Being uncomfortable during allergy season is bad enough, but if allergens in your home are causing you to sneeze, have itchy eyes, or experience other symptoms, it’s time to make a change.
- Keep the house at a normal level of humidity to keep allergens like dust mites from reproducing.
- Close windows and doors during high pollen days.
- Obey the no-burn days.
- Avoid down comforters and pillows.
- Replace carpeting with tile or laminate flooring.
- Take shoes off at the door so you’re not tracking dust, dirt, and other contaminants into the home.
- Keep pets off your bed or out of bedrooms.
- Regularly bathe pets to cut back on allergy inducing dander.
At John’s Refrigeration, we often recommend installing a whole home air filter that will decrease the dust, pollen, and other contaminants in the home. Kitchen and pet odors will be nearly non-existent and the air in your will be clean and allergen free. Just Call John’s today to learn more.