Ah, fall. The perfect time to get outside for long walks in the neighborhood, hikes in the hills, and autumn gardening.
But that "ah" can quickly become "ah-choo" if you're one of the 36 million Americans with seasonal allergy problems. The runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion -- all typical fall allergy symptoms -- can slow you down and make you miserable.
While there have been no dramatic advances recently in allergy treatment, experts say if you are allergy-prone, you can take a number of...
Although much of Arizona and New Mexico is arid, most people in the cities,
suburbs, and small towns grow grass for lawns. Plus, the land has been
disturbed by construction and landscaping, so weeds are widespread. Las Vegas,
Tucson, and Phoenix have very high rates of allergies and asthma. Indoor
allergens, such as mites, molds, and cockroaches, are also common in desert
homes, especially when swamp coolers are used instead of air conditioning.
People get allergies because they’ve become sensitized to a different set of
allergens, and the allergens to which you will be exposed vary considerably
from one location to another. If you are considering a move to another
community, talk with the locals about their allergies, or leave a question on
the WebMD Asthma and Allergies message board asking about the new location.
Try to take a vacation to the area. Remember, some people with
allergies do better in a new community for a year or two but then become
sensitized to the allergens in their new home.