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Say Goodbye to Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with These 6 Hacks

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It is that time of year in Arizona when plants are in full bloom and more people begin waking up with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. Allergy season typically begins in late winter and continues through early summer, however irritants including pollen, dust, and pollution are present year-round. Since we live in a state where there is really no off-season for plants, it is good to have some tools in your pocket if you experience symptoms that are hindering your daily tasks.

We have compiled 6 hacks that can help alleviate dreaded allergy symptoms and keep you feeling healthy all spring. Please note these tips are not meant to replace the advice of your doctor.

1. Avoid the Outdoors When Pollen Counts are High

You can check the pollen count in your area by creating a free account on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology’s website. Limit the amount of time you spend outside on days where the pollen count is high to cut down the amount of allergen you inhale. It is also important to keep your windows shut during this time.

2. Rinse Off After Spending Time Outside

Change your clothes to keep pollen off your furniture, bedding, and other areas inside your home. A hot shower can also help get pollen off your skin and reduce nasal congestion. If you have pets that spend time outside, it is important to rinse your furry friends off as well. Pollen can cling to their fur and bring even more allergens inside your home.

3. Add Quercetin-Rich Foods to Your Diet

Quercetin has been shown to prevent the release of histamine, the chemical released by cells in allergic reactions. It can also prevent IgE antibodies from forming. Adding quercetin-rich foods to your diet could help lower inflammation and minimize allergy symptoms. Quercetin-rich foods include: onions, shallots, capers, apples, grapes, berries, green or black tea, and many other fruits and vegetables.

4. Clean Your Air Filters

If you are using a central air conditioning system, you should clean your air filters every 2-3 months. Buy certified asthma and allergy friendly air filters to ensure your system runs efficiently.

If your allergy symptoms are really causing problems, you can consider investing in a professional air filter. Many of these have HEPA filtration which can capture down to 0.3 microns to ensure you are breathing in high-quality air.

5. Deep Clean Your Home Regularly

Wash your sheets, vacuum, and dust regularly to eliminate debris that builds up throughout your home. Small amounts of pollen can build up over time and wreak havoc on the air inside your home.

6. Use Over-the-Counter Medications and Remedies

Sterile nose sprays, eye drops, decongestants, and antihistamines are all available at your local pharmacy. You can also use a saline nasal rinse to clear up congestion in your nose. Always talk to your doctor before adding a new medication into your routine to ensure it does not interact with other medications you are taking.

Frequently Asked Seasonal Allergy Questions

How do I Know if I have COVID-19 or Allergies?

According to the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies occur at the same time every year and last as long as the allergen is in the air (usually 2-3 weeks per allergen). Allergies will cause itching of the nose and eyes along with other nasal symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms may look similar, but will likely be accompanied by shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, body aches, or a fever. When in doubt, consider getting a COVID test.

How do I Know What I am Allergic to?

Doctors can use a variety of tests including a skin prick test (SPT), intradermal skin test, or IgE blood test to determine exactly which pollens you are allergic to. You will want to visit an allergist / immunologist for this testing.

How do I Find an In-Network Allergist?

You can find in-network allergists using the Find a Provider search tool on our website. If you need help scheduling an appointment with an allergist, you can reach out to our concierge by calling 602.406.7226 or emailing


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2020

National Library of Medicine, 2016

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