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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog: Allergies are no fun

 Tim Wiederaenders

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Do you have the sniffles? How about a head that feels like birds built a nest inside? That would account for some of the sounds you make, huh.

According to the University of Arizona, epidemiological studies two decades ago have shown that symptoms of allergic rhinitis occurred in approximately 35 percent of the population, a prevalence somewhat higher than that seen in national statistics. With growth in rural areas and cities in Arizona, the number of allergy sufferers has grown as well since then.

Part of the problem is that airborne pollen allergens in the Southwest are "mainly, but not exclusively, from introduced species." That means people have planted trees here that do not belong or were not native to the Southwest.

Another reason, according to weather.com, has it that juniper pollen, for example, can travel as far as 250 miles from the source.

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, sinusitis accounts for approximately 20 percent of office visits to specialists in allergy and immunology, and approximately 12 percent of Americans younger than 45 have symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

How serious is this problem? Sinusitis is one of the leading forms of chronic disease, with an estimated 18 million cases and at least 30 million courses of antibiotics per year, the academy reports.

What is the answer for allergies? Rain. Ever notice how your allergies clear up after a rainstorm? That does not bode well for Prescott-area residents. So what's a person to do - since we continue to receive much less than normal rainfall amounts annually?

Well, since we're still in a 25- to 30-year drought, I'm not a doctor but what works for me is drinking a lot of water (stay hydrated) and finding a good allergist. Some natural remedies work well for me, and some over-the-counter pills do the job.

I also get honey from a shop in Prescott Valley; bee pollen helps fight allergies. But, be sure to note that two types of honey are the answer - the one you eat depends on the season.

Are you among the sniffling, nose-blowing crowd? Share with us what works for you.

Related Links:
• American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: Allergy Easy Works

Talk with Dr. Marc Darr in Prescott. He often has a coupon in the Courier for a free, initial consultation on the Allergy Easy program. It takes time, but it's working for me. Especially when he put me on the Mountain Mix. Yes, I'm allergic to junipers and many pine trees. But I love the mountains, and Allergy Easy keeps me happy here.


Posted: Friday, April 06, 2012
Article comment by: Pat O'Brien

I strongly recommend a neti pot. That plus an occasional antihistimine do the trick. And stay away from flowering mulberry trees of any kind including fruitless varieties. All are severe allergens.

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012
Article comment by: Swears By Bee Pollen

A note about taking bee pollen: If you are allergic to bee stings, be SURE you speak to a naturopath before you start taking bee pollen. If you do not go very, very slowly when introducing it into your system you can potentially go into anaphylactic shock. Personally I am not allergic to bee stings, but still worked my way up to a full dose over the course of two weeks just to give my body time to adjust. So far it has worked far better than expected, and the results continue to improve.

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Article comment by: Lena Sanchez

The following worked for me an many that I've told about it... For a natural desensitizing allergy remedy, not a quick fix! Can take weeks to months for desensitizing to be effective, so start now for the next allergy season… Take 1 Tablespoon, by mouth, of locally harvested honey DAILY. This takes time but works just like allergy injections without the risk of side effects as the injections. Locally harvested to your area is the key, not just any honey… Works better when consumed alone. Mixed with foods or drink, other than filtered water weakens it and you would have to double or triple the amount to see results. For this season try a Tablespoon of Ionic Silver Water twice daily by mouth and sprayed into the nasal passage two or three times a day will weaken allergies.

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