May 5, 2022

All You Need to Know About Allergies in Tucson, Arizona

What used to be a haven for allergy sufferers has turned into a breeding ground for an abundance of wind-pollinated plants in Arizona. This has caused nearly twice the national average of allergy-related respiratory cases in Arizona.


What are the Most Common Allergies in Tucson, Arizona?

Plant Pollen:  

These plants cause a lot of issues for allergy sufferers because of the favorable climate in Arizona. Their pollinating seasons are typically longer than other allergens, making allergy season unbearable for Tucsonans.  

Ragweed - is known to be extremely strong in the summer and fall seasons and lasts until the first frost. Unfortunately, due to Arizona's warm weather and rural areas, it has become a year-round issue. 

Bermuda Grass - Another strong year-round pollinator and can cause severe symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Because of its lengthy pollinating range, it has become a top pollinator in Arizona. 


Tree Pollen: 

These trees are a significant contributor to Tucson allergies and have recently played a big role in rising pollen counts in Tucson.

Mesquite - Pollinating from mid-March to late May. Mesquite is known to grow in dry, hot areas. They are also one of the top pollen-producing trees in the Western United States. 

Paloverde - Usually begins blooming around mid-March to late April, and spreads thoroughly on windy days. Be sure to check your local pollen count on windy days to avoid allergens like these. 

Ash - Often reaches its highest peak in the early Spring. Those who are usually allergic to Olive trees might also sensitive to Ash trees, as the two trees can be cross-reactive

Cottonwood - Affects your allergies before the cotton actually spreads around. However, these tiny cotton particles can spread for miles, especially on windy days. Cottonwood season typically begins to spread from early January to mid-April.

Privet - Predominantly a summer allergen. Privet is insect-pollinated, creating sticky pollen that does not travel in the air well but travels through the insects instead.

Olive - Thrives in hot climates and is a drought-resistant tree. Spreads large quantities of pollen on windy days. The pollinating season begins in late April through late May/early June.


Common Allergy Symptoms:

  • Sneezing

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Headache

  • Allergy fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Coughing

  • Rashes or hives


While antihistamines and over-the-counter medication can help the problem short term, immunotherapy is the most effective way to relieve allergies for good.


These symptoms tend to mirror cold or flu-like symptoms. A key indicator to tell the two apart is the timeline. If you have been experiencing these symptoms for more than ten days, allergies are likely the problem. If you are still unsure, take our quiz to find out more information.


Tips to control allergies:

  • Allergy testing is the first step in preventing and treating allergy symptoms, so you can identify what is causing the problem.
  • Dust your home frequently to get rid of pollen from outside.

  • Download a personalized allergy calendar to be prepared for each allergy season.

  • Shower and change clothes immediately after coming in from outside.

  • Vacuum using a HEPA filter to remove airborne particles like dust mites.

  • Check the Tucson allergy report daily. This can be done from your local Tucson weather app or pollen.com.

What Type of Allergy Treatment is Available in Tucson, Arizona? 

At Aspire Allergy & Sinus, we offer a variety of allergy treatments for both seasonal and environmental allergies that meet your needs and lifestyle. We have 2 convenient locations located in Tucson! Our Northwest clinic is located in the Medical Center, servicing the area of Casas Adobes and Flowing Wells. Our Tucson clinic is located near the heart of Tucson, servicing the communities of Palo Verde and Blenman-Elm Historic District! Our Tucson team, Dr. Kudgal Murthy, allergist, Dr. George Makol, allergist, Dr. Christine M. Kucera, allergist, have been treating patients in Arizona for many years and continue to serve the community! 

Allergy shots are popular among those who have health insurance and don’t mind coming into the office on a weekly basis. 

Allergy drops are great for children and busy adults. With three drops under the tongue each day, it’s easy to tackle allergies with this treatment. 

ExACT Immunoplasty is an option for those who choose to treat their allergies quickly and effectively. ExACT Immunoplasty is a three-injection series that can eliminate or significantly reduce allergy symptoms in just three visits. 

Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying the many benefits that Tucson offers. If you are tired of taking over-the-counter meds and are looking for a real solution that actually works, contact Aspire Allergy & Sinus today! We’re ready to help you find long-term relief from your allergies. Book your appointment online today! 

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About The Author:

Kudagal Murthy, MD

Dr. Murthy has been practicing Allergy and Immunology in Tucson since 1982, initially at Tucson Clinic, a multi- specialty group practice, and later at Thomas Davis clinic. Along with Dr. Makol he founded the Alvernon Allergy and Asthma practice in 1998.