Can Scottsdale Allergy Sufferers have pets without Being Miserable?

It’s no secret that Scottsdale residents love their pets.  Dogs and cats become beloved members of the family. But sadly, they often also make allergy sufferers in Arizona miserable.

What are the signs of an allergic reaction? If you find yourself or one of your family members wheezing, sneezing, having itchy eyes, or even breaking out into a rash, the culprit could be allergies – and this can happen at any time, even if you haven’t had allergies previously.

Fortunately, in most cases, you won’t have to give up your furry family member!!!

How to handle pet allergies

Make bedrooms off-limits
Mattresses, comforters, and pillows are magnets to hair and dander. You spend hours every day breathing deeply as you sleep, which can trigger severe reactions. Keeping pets out of bedrooms minimizes the risk of these reactions.

Start allergy shots and medications as directed by your Scottsdale allergist  
Most children will outgrow allergies if you start shots as soon as you know there’s a problem, and adults, too, are usually able to continue to live with pets once they’re treated.

Use HEPA filters in the house and in your vacuum
HEPA air filters used throughout the house will help keep allergens out of the air. Use a HEPA filter in your vacuum as well so that dander and fur is captured rather than dispersed into the air.

Bathe pets often
While bathing isn’t usually a problem with dogs, you might find it next to impossible with cats. In that case, simply wipe your pet down with a damp cloth.

Use protective casings on pillows and mattresses
Even though you’re keeping pets out of bedrooms, it’s still a good idea to cover pillows and mattresses in special anti-allergenic casings. Dander and fur can still be carried into bedrooms, and the casings will ensure that mattresses and pillows stay clean and fresh.

There IS another treatment for allergies!

If this sounds familiar or do you have tried these solutions and believe you or your child may be suffering from cat allergies Reach out to a top Scottsdale allergy clinic for assistance, and their special allergy testing – and you or your family member can feel well again!

 

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Allergy-Free Outdoor Living Yard in the Desert during Fall?

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Desert fall brings a drop in temperatures but also brings fall allergies.  The weather becomes beautiful but asthma and allergy sufferers sometimes get cooped up indoors – and not able to enjoy the AZ outdoors like they so desperately look forward to after surviving 4 months of 100 degree temperatures.

Be the change, opting for hypoallergenic landscaping options that can help return you a great outdoors. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Even reducing the allergenic plants in a single garden can make a difference for asthma clinic patrons and sufferers, reducing pollen levels and the spread of allergenic plants far and wide.

Allergy-proof your yard with these suggestions from a Scottsdale allergy doctor & specialist:

  • Fruit trees
    With the exception of citrus flower fragrance, fruit trees are generally not allergenic or irritating.
  • Bamboo and palms
    Bamboo and female date and fan palms offer a beautiful, drought-tolerant option for your yard.
  • Succulents and Cacti
    The following do not produce wind-born pollen and are excellent low-water choices:

    • Saguaro
    • Peruvian Cereus
    • Golden Barrel
    • Hedgehog Cactus
    • Rainbow Cactus
    • Easter Lily
    • Sea Urchin Cactus
    • Prickly Pear
    • Cholla
    • Organ Pipe
  • Vines
    Hypo-allergenic climbers include bougainvillea, queen’s wreath, trumpet creeper, passion flower, cat’s claw, and roses such as Lady Banks and Tombstone.
  • Shrubs
    The University of Arizona’s offers an extensive list of shrubs which are both low-allergy and drought tolerant.
  • Accent plants
    For accent planting, your allergy and asthma clinic suggests various yucca species, agave, and aloe, as well as sotol, desert spoon, ocotillo, and Mexican evening primrose are your friends.
  • Brightly colored flowers
    Attracting bees, insects, and hummingbirds, these flowers are generally not allergenic:

    • Annual: California poppy, Mexican gold poppy; desert and arroyo lupine.
    • Perennial: assorted penstemons, chia, globe-mallow, and Peruvian and Goodding verbena.
  • Ground cover
    Morning glory, trailing indigo bush, lantana, African daisy, and rosemary, in addition to ice plant, treasure flower, germander, and gazania offer great low-lying options.

Allergists suggest avoiding these highly allergenic landscaping choices:

  • Olive trees
  • Mesquite trees
  • Juniper trees
  • Nut trees
  • Bermuda grass and most other grass species
  • Triangle Leaf Bursage (Rabbit Bush)
  • Desert Broom
  • Privet

Ready to head out and get started on an allergy-free outdoor retreat? You’re sure to get the job done with your local allergy and asthma clinic and the University of Arizona Agricultural extension service. Start sowing the seeds of change today!

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Gardens Compatible with Respiratory Allergy in Southern and Central Arizona. http://allergy.peds.arizona.edu/southwest/lowpollen.html.

Dr. Aaron Davis, M.D. Cedar Fever is Coming to Town. Retrieved from: http://www.allergyasthmaaz.com/blog/.