It is hard to believe that its only January and we are already discussing high tree pollens in the area, but with the Santa Ana winds blowing, allergy sufferers are experiencing a lot of problems.
The winds are kicking up a lot of molds and pollens and especially a lot of dust that can irritate nasal and airway passages. The winds can carry these particles up to 90 miles away. It is important to keep your windows closed in the house and car and use a HEPA air filter indoors.
Also the most recent Colby fire is sending a lot of smoke and ash causing coughing and sneezing in many patients. The combination of the smoke and fires is all leading up to increased visits to the doctors and many patients have been going to the ER for breathing difficulties. In addition we are experiencing very little rainfall which exacerbates everything more. Normally the rain would wash away the pollen and the pollutants. This is leading to a “perfect storm” of allergies.
There are many over the counter remedies, such as nasal decongestants, antihistamines that patients can try. If this doesn’t help, you can call your local allergy doctor or specialist for more help. For those having breathing difficulty or asthma problems, an urgent care or emergency room may be your best option.
The major pollens in the air that are triggering allergies at certain times of the year are listed in this blog.