We have been overloaded with rainstorms here in northern Utah, which means it has been a green summer. While that makes the mountains more beautiful than ever, it doesn't do much for Utahans' allergies! So what do you need to know about the conditions in our area to head off spring and summer irritation? Let me fill you in. |
We are all familiar with the cottonwood fluff that makes our neighborhoods look like Christmas in July. Most people mistake those little white cotton balls as being the cause for their seasonal suffering, but in fact, cottonwood trees release their pollen--the true culprit behind allergy symptoms--before the fluff even formulates.
That means if you suspect those trees of being the source of your ongoing sneezing, eye watering, and so on, then you'll be out of the woods once it starts "snowing" flurries of cottonwood fluff. Still experiencing Utah allergies? Then it's time to visit a specialist to pinpoint precisely what is causing the problems.
Pet dander can trigger mild allergies during the spring months, especially when you have long-haired pets. My dog loses his winter coat in May or June, so tufts of his fur scatter my entire home. Typically, my spouse doesn't have much of a problem with his mild dog allergies, but during that particular time of year, he needs to take an over-the-counter pill. We also keep our home vacuumed and dusted to reduce symptoms.
Northern Utah is home to plenty of spiders and wasps--among plenty of other creepy-crawlies--which means that if you have related allergies, you are at risk. A simple wasp trap on your back patio and/or your porch can effectively stop wasps from congregating near your home, but keeping your home clear of spiders is more difficult. If the issue gets out of hand, then talk to a pest control specialist.
Rocky Mountain Allergy (http://www.rockymountainallergy.com) is a Utah asthma specializes in the quality care of allergy, asthma and immunologic disorders.
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