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Winter Colds or Allergies?

October 20, 2014 | Category: Allergies

As we’re beginning to see the season is starting to become much colder and we see a lot of wind coming into the Fall season. When we begin seeing all of our Fall festivals you’ll see a lot of people begin talking about “cold and flu season”. While there is no doubt this season brings it’s share of colds, it’s also the season to consider that maybe you are suffering from allergies instead.

In the Southwest, we see a massive increase in pollen in the air due to the following trees and plants:

  • Sagebrush
  • Juniper/Cypress
  • Ash
  • Cottonwood
  • African Sumac (Rhus lancea)
  • Sunflower family

As these initiate their own cycles of pollination, we find that we begin suffering reactions are the same time. One of the trademark signs that you may be experiencing reactions to allergens in the air is whether or not you chronically get sick every year at exactly the same time. If you always get sick at this time of year with itchy eyes, runny nose, sore throats or other typical symptoms of both colds and allergy reactions, then maybe it’s time to set an appointment and explore the possibility of treatment that would prevent these allergies from bothering you year over year.