Desert destinations like Phoenix and Tucson used to be top locales for those who had bad allergies. Thousands of allergy suffers heeded their doctor’s advice, headed West and moved to Arizona. Perhaps because they longed for the comforts of home, they brought their plants—and pollen—with them, and now Phoenix and Tucson are among the worst cities for spring allergies.
Why Are Allergies So Bad in Arizona?
Lush grass and shady trees may make the desert heat bearable, but these pollen-producing plants can drive allergy levels through the roof. The worst offenders in Arizona tend to be non-native plants that are wind pollinated, such as:
- Arizona Ash
- Bermuda grass
- Olive trees
- Palo Verde
Arizona’s dry climate dehydrates pollen and makes it more buoyant, so wind-borne pollen could fall miles away from the originating plant.
Why Do Some Allergy Sufferers Get Toothaches?
If your itchy eyes, sneezes and wheezes occasionally come with a toothache, you’re not alone.
Your body naturally produces extra mucus to rid itself of allergens, but this can cause build-up and pressure in your maxillary sinuses. Because the maxillary sinuses are located under your cheekbones and extend to the root tips of your upper molars, this can cause painful pressure that feels just like a toothache.
It’s important to get checked out if you experience a toothache, as your dentist and/or doctor are the only ones who can accurately determine the cause of the pain. If you have a history of dental problems, your pain is confined to one tooth or your tooth pain persists after allergy symptoms subside, call your dentist right away.
How Can I Alleviate Allergy Symptoms?
You can easy the sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes by avoiding your main allergy triggers. Here are a few tips:
- Keep track of pollen counts. To find the allergen forecast in your area, visit pollen.com.
- Stay indoors whenever the pollen count is high.
- Keep your doors and windows closed to keep allergens out.
- Wash your hair before bed to prevent pollen from rubbing off onto your pillow.
- Take over-the-counter allergy drugs when necessary.
- If you’re suffering from a toothache that’s caused from sinus pressure, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. You may also want to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to dull the ache.