Allergy season in Tucson, how to keep your allergy symptoms under control

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Itchy eyes, sneezing, rashes and everything in between, the 2022 allergy season is here and for many this can be a difficult road to travel.

Dr. Tara Carr is an allergist at Banner University Medical Center. She says while the trees are in full bloom, there are some things you can do to control your allergy symptoms.

“Each year is going to vary a bit, depending on our weather, how much rain we get in a particular winter season. How hot it is, how quickly things change. This year we have seen more pollen so far than last year, probably because we had a wetter monsoon than the year before,” said Dr Carr.

Dr. Carr says masking during allergy season is one of the best ways to ease symptoms.

“Masking has improved people’s allergy symptoms because some of our allergy patients just recognize that it’s helpful to wear them outside and wear them on a walk outside. It’s not comfortable for everyone, but it can definitely help reduce how much you’re exposed to and how much you breathe,” Dr. Carr said.

For some, COVID and allergy symptoms can be similar and doctors say getting tested for both is key, especially with the variety of viruses circulating in the spring.

“I think it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference because a lot of symptoms overlap. Head nose congestion and drainage. In general, if you feel sick, feverish or achy, these are not classic signs of an allergy. This could suggest a viral infection, whether COVID or another virus,” Dr. Carr said.

Along with taking care of allergy medications and nasal sprays, the doctor says there are simple changes you can make to keep pollen out of your home.

“If you think it’s coming from outside, it’s best to keep your windows closed, turn on the air conditioning, filters are useful in certain parts of the house. Taking a shower before bed can help reduce pollen that’s on your skin and in your hair If you have a pet that runs outside, you may want to hose it down if it jumps on your bed to reduce the amount of pollen it brings to your bed. inside,” Dr. Carr said.

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