Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies Treatment Questions and Answers

Don’t suffer from seasonal allergies. You can support your immune system to reduce troublesome seasonal allergy symptoms in a non-invasive, holistic way. Our health care team at Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ, applies an integrative medicine approach which combines conventional medicine with alternative therapies to not only treat symptoms, but improve general health. Visit us online to request an appointment or give us a call for more information.

Seasonal Allergies Treatment Near Me in Scottsdale, AZ
Seasonal Allergies Treatment Near Me in Scottsdale, AZ

When are allergy seasons?

Because of the mild climate in Arizona, there is always some level of pollen in the air, but typically allergy seasons are most intense in the spring months of April, May and June, when there is a major increase in airborne pollen from trees, plants, grasses and weeds. On most days, pollen counts increase during the morning, reaching their peak around midday, and then decrease in the late afternoon and evening. People who have seasonal allergies may find it slightly less difficult to be outside in spring during early mornings or evenings.

Dry and windy weather increases the spread of pollen in the air; rain helps to settle it down and keep it out of the way of allergy sufferers.

Arizona was once a desert place where few pollen-producing plants grew and people with seasonal allergies did not suffer as much as in places with cooler and damper weather. But many non-native plants have been introduced and cultivated, which has changed the allergen landscape.

Below are the plants that grow in Arizona that can cause people with allergies to have reactions:

  • Bermuda grass
  • Juniper trees
  • Mesquite trees
  • Mulberry trees
  • Olive trees
  • Ragweed
  • Rye grass
  • Tumbleweeds

What symptoms can seasonal allergies cause?

When allergy sufferers are exposed to allergens, their immune system  recognizes the allergen as a danger, even though it isn’t something like a bacteria or virus that makes people sick. The immune system responds by releasing a chemical called histamine into the bloodstream which works to clear the allergen from your body. It does this by making you sneeze, cough, or making your eyes and nose run. The allergy symptoms do serve to rid your body of the allergen, but it can be uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Many symptoms of seasonal allergies look similar to symptoms of colds and flus. Allergy symptoms are sometimes called hay fever, although a fever is actually not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The most common problems people with seasonal allergies experience are the following:

  • Itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy nose, throat, and ears
  • Coughing
  • Exhaustion

While these symptoms are unpleasant, people with respiratory conditions like asthma, nasal polyps, frequent sinus or ear infections or COPD, may also experience a worsening of these conditions as a result of seasonal allergies.

Some allergy sufferers take medication called antihistamines to try to calm the histamine reaction to an allergen, but there are other approaches that also help. At Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ, we use an integrative medicine approach which combines conventional medicine with alternative therapies to not only treat symptoms but improve general health.

What to know before your visit for seasonal allergies

Integrative medicine is about understanding underlying causes and helping find balance in the body to heal. We have health care professionals at Trivita Clinic of Integrative Medicine that specialize in conventional medicine, holistic care, nutrition, acupuncture, hormone therapy, homeopathy, allergy and immune support and other modalities to achieve balanced overall wellness.

Because allergic reactions are a function of the immune system, supporting your immune system can affect changes in the response. The immune system is impacted by things like stress, nutrition, digestive function, and pollution or toxins in your environment. At your seasonal allergy visit, we will ask you about your symptoms, triggers and diet, and after we have a full understanding of you and your allergy symptoms we will recommend therapies. We see patients from Scottsdale, Arcadia, Gainey Ranch, Paradise Valley, and Tempe AZ. Contact us through our website to learn more about how we help treat seasonal allergies.

If you are interested in learning more about our services or would like to book an appointment, call us or schedule online! We serve patients from Scottsdale AZ, Arcadia AZ, Gainey Ranch AZ, Paradise Valley AZ, and Tempe AZ.

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