Posted on: 11 August 2017
The stereotypical story of allergies is being diagnosed while young and having an obvious, known reaction. Unfortunately, some people can avoid their allergens out of luck, or living in an area that doesn't have their allergens. Whether you're dealing with cold symptoms that don't seem to go away or recently diagnosed with allergies after years of being otherwise completely healthy, here are a few ways to reduce your exposure or completely cut out the allergy problem as you work towards a less intrusive solution.
Pollen Allergy Avoidance
One of the hardest allergy issues to avoid is pollen. It's an integral part of life on earth, even in some deserts. Many forms of vegetation release pollen, and to truly find a safe space, you need to understand that it's not just trees.
Timothy grass, Bahia grass, and Bermuda grass are two particularly well-known pollinators that cause allergic symptoms that many people call hay fever. This means an itching and swollen reaction in the mouth, nose, and eyes, and can cause itching around the eyes, the inside of the nose, and skin surface irritation.
Each grass can be hard to find and control, but Bermuda grass is especially problematic because of its status as a hearty and healthy-looking lawn type. The problem isn't just having the grass in your own yard, but adjacent yards and even nearby fields.
The best form of avoidance if you're in control of the yard area is to hire a landscaping professional to handle a full seed destruction and reseeding. Cutting the grass or plucking up the yard won't help, as the seeds are hard to find and can break off easily, so don't leave this task to amateurs.
Moving is a drastic measure, but there are some areas of the United States that have a lower presence of pollen. Desert areas such as Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and some parts of Oklahoma and California can provide relief. Although Texas shares some of the appropriate desert climate, there are other grass-like pollinators--and for some added horror, allergy sufferers can think about tumbleweeds as rolling, living balls of pollination.
Desert Allergies After The Pollen Escape
It's hard to know what you're allergic to if you haven't had an allergy test, and although it's rare, some people can be allergic to a wide range of airborne allergens. One of the more unlucky allergy situations is leaving a high-pollen area only to find a new set of allergens.
Escaping to the desert is one of those situations. Deserts in the United States are low in vegetation, not just allergen free, and areas such as Arizona share one particularly annoying allergen with greener parts of the country: ragweed and dust mites.
Ragweed is not everywhere in the desert, but can be found in pockets that have green, flowering areas. Coincidentally, these are the places where big cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas happen to be. Dust mites are a less common problem, but can still be an issue for people new to the area.
The best thing to do in order to avoid allergens and get relief is to get allergy testing done to figure out what you're allergic to. Contact an allergy specialist for testing, area advising, and even immunizations to make the allergy problem either weaker or a less permanent problem.Share