Updated:

May 12, 2022

Top Allergens in Yuma, Arizona

Arizona's dry, breezy weather makes it a year-round growing season. This means that plants always produce and spread pollen, no matter what time of year. While the flowers and trees blooming all the time are pretty, it can be a sight for sore eyes for seasonal allergy sufferers living in Yuma, Arizona.

 

What are the Most Common Allergies in Yuma, Arizona?

Plant Pollen:

The top allergen in Yuma is Ragweed. Ragweed is known to be extremely strong in the summer and fall seasons and lasts until the first frost, which can sometimes be as late as the end of December. Unfortunately, due to Arizona's warm weather and rural areas, it has become a year-round issue.

Bermuda Grass - Has become a top pollinator for Arizona. Usually year-round pollen, but gets especially bad from mid-February through mid-December. It is easily spread, being wind-borne pollen, meaning it can travel for miles.  

 

Tree Allergies are also an issue in Yuma, Arizona. 

Trees begin to pollinate heavily during December and last through May. The most common trees in Yuma that cause problems for allergy sufferers are: 

Mesquite is all problematic for allergy sufferers in Yuma and throughout Arizona. Generally begins pollinating in mid-March to late May. 

Palo Verde is known for its yellow flowers that bloom in the spring, Palo Verde is an easily recognizable tree. Its flowers are wind-borne pollen that can travel for miles, making it one of the top allergies.

Olive trees have found a home in Arizona, despite being illegal. Because they are foreign, not native to the land, they contribute to allergies and respiratory problems to the public. Known to cross-react with ash trees as well. 

Palm has increased pollen levels in Yuma quite a bit. It is also related to grass in the way it is scattered across Arizona. 

 

Common Allergy Symptoms:

  • Sneezing

  • Allergy fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Itchy or burning eyes

  • Shortness of breath

  • Coughing

  • Skin conditions like eczema, rashes, and hives

Allergy symptoms tend to mirror cold or flu-like symptoms. A key indicator to tell the two apart is the timeline. If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than 10 days, it is more than likely that allergies are the problem. If you are still unsure of what it is you can take our quiz to find the cause of your symptoms.

 

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.

  • Get a good-quality air purifier. These keep pollen and dust that you've picked up from outside from dispersing into your home.

  • Clean your home thoroughly, paying extra attention to dust.

  • Wash bedding and sheets with hot, soapy water.

  • Check your personalized allergy calendar to see which season is coming up.

  • Change your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outside.

  • Utilize HEPA filters and change them frequently.

  • Check out your Yuma Weather App to see the daily pollen count. This can be done on weatherchannel.com or pollen.com.

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

At Aspire Allergy & Sinus, we offer a variety of allergy treatments for both seasonal and environmental allergies that meet your needs and lifestyle. 

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. 

While antihistamines and over-the-counter medication can help with allergy problems in the short term, they only work as often as you take them.  Immunotherapy, which is the slow and consistent introduction of allergens to the body over time, is the most effective way to relieve allergies long-term.

 

Being a Yuma resident usually means being allergic to one of the many allergens in the air. Let us help you find a solution that fits you. Request an appointment today! At Aspire Allergy & Sinus, our allergy specialists are experts in testing, diagnosing, and treating allergies.

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About The Author:

Ana Gutierrez, NP-C, MSN

Ana Gutierrez has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2012 and has been practicing in Yuma, Arizona for the past decade. She joined Aspire Allergy & Sinus in January of 2022. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 2009 and her Masters of Science degree in Nursing in 2012, both from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.