In a recent report titled “2019 Most Challenging Places to Live With Spring Allergies”, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranked Las Vegas 2nd place in the West (34th nationwide). Heating and cooling specialist Cal Air shares an overview of what this report means if you suffer from spring allergies.
What Causes Spring Allergies?
Pollen allergies, also referred to by experts as seasonal allergic rhinitis, are triggered in the springtime by trees, weeds and grasses that release seeds and pollen as part of their reproductive cycles. People with pollen allergies who inhale these particles exhibit various symptoms, including a runny nose, eye irritation and sneezing.
Certain areas happen to have a higher pollen count in the air compared to other places because of certain environmental factors. When compiling their report, the AAFA factored in a particular area’s pollen count with the number of people who take allergy medications and the number of available board-certified allergists. In 2018, Las Vegas was ranked #1 on the same list for metropolitan areas.
How to Manage Spring Allergies
There is no known cure for allergies as of yet, and the only way to alleviate the symptoms is to manage them. Before even considering moving out of the Greater Las Vegas area, first give the following methods of managing allergens a try:
- Address Indoor Air Quality Issues — Your heating and cooling system features air filters that help keep particles such as pollen from reaching your indoor space. To maintain good indoor air quality, make sure these filters are inspected regularly and cleaned as needed. Other sources of allergens such as mold should also be addressed.
- Limit Your Time Outdoors — Try to limit your time outdoors to minimize exposure to allergens. When you do go out, cover your hair and wear an air pollution face mask. Bring antihistamine or an epinephrine autoinjector (such as EpiPen®) if you use one. See an allergist if allergies persist.
- Avoid Bringing Allergens Into Your Home — Change your clothes after coming in from the outdoors, and wash your hair before going to sleep. Dry your laundry using the clothes dryer instead of drying it outdoors.
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