Arizona Is The WORST State for Allergies

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Allergy season is in full swing here in Phoenix, and our family physicians are definitely busy with valley cases, symptoms and allergy diagnosis. From the little ones with runny noses and watery eyes to moms and dads with all sorts of symptoms, it’s going to be a long and rough allergy season. But do not fear, because our Phoenix family doctors and specialists have over 40 years of experience in Arizona and know everything there is to know about seasonal allergies. For example…

 

Did you know that people once moved to the Arizona valley to get rid of their allergy symptoms? To essentially be allergy free? It’s true, many years ago, if you had bad allergies you were told to move to Arizona , to the dry, dessert climate, to live allergy free. Because the air is so dry, and the population was a bit lower with mostly dessert landscaping, the allergens in the air were far less than what they are today. Many families and older generations moved to the Phoenix and metro areas to get away from their intense allergy symptoms.

Today, Arizona is rated as one of the worst states for allergy sufferers. According to WebMD, Tucson and Phoenix have very high rates of allergies and asthma. Where there was once mostly dessert landscaping is now covered with green grass, new plant life and an abundance of new allergens in the air.

 

In 2011, The Huffington Post ran an article featuring the “30 Worst U.S. Cities for Allergies.” Phoenix and Las Vegas were at the top of that list. Phoenix was crowned the worst city in the entire United States for allergies, specifically ragweed.

 

Ragweed is a flowering plant in the sunflower family that is known to create a great amount of pollen, particularly harmful for allergy sufferers. There are estimated to be over 17 different species of ragweed in Arizona , all leading to our number one ranking as the worst state for allergies.

 

You can blame Arizona ’s increase in ragweed and allergies on our own urban sprawl, when millions of families came to Arizona and established new landscaping. The new irrigation and ‘wetter’ landscaping rapidly grew Phoenix’s ragweed population.

 

Of course, dust is another allergy issue here in the dessert, and we definitely have plenty of dust. Dust can not only contribute to allergies, but can intensify asthma associated with the changing seasons as well. Dust itself carries allergens as well as dust mites.

 

Dust and ragweed pollen can lead to sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, give the family doctors at Family Practice Specialists a call immediately. We can get your allergy symptoms under control.

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Summary:

Allergy season is in full swing here in Phoenix, and our family physicians are definitely busy with valley cases, symptoms and allergy diagnosis. From the little ones with runny noses and watery eyes to moms and dads with all sorts of symptoms, it’s going to be a long and rough allergy season.

Did you know that people once moved to the Arizona valley to get rid of their allergy symptoms?

Many families and older generations moved to the Phoenix and metro areas to get away from their intense allergy symptoms.

Today, Arizona is rated as one of the worst states for allergy sufferers.

Phoenix was crowned the worst city in the entire United States for allergies, specifically ragweed.

 

 

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