Some Tips For Coping With Juniper Pollen

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• Confirm it’s the junipers with a blood test or a skin prick test.

• A series of shots over several years can build your body’s tolerance to juniper pollen, or other substances to which you’re allergic identified by a blood test.

• Prescription cromolyn sodium nasal sprays, inhalers and eye drops can coat airways and reduce symptoms.

• Antihistamines like Astelastine can block the release of histamines, part of the body’s mistaken immune response to the shape of the pollen.

• Pills and inhalers called Leukotriene modifiers can also decrease inflammation and production of mucus, also symptoms cause when you body mistakes the pollen for bacteria or viruses.

• Nasal corticosteroid sprays can also reduce inflammation caused by the immune system response.

• Read information carefully about any of these medications, which can cause drowsiness or other side effects.

• Consider wearing a surgical mask when walking when the juniper pollen is prevalent.

• Wash your hair and hands after being outdoors as well as pets that can bring pollen into the house.

• Pollen forecasts for the week remain medium to high in Payson and Pine with a level of 7 to 9 (medium-high).

• Brightly colored flowers rarely trigger allergies. Trees most likely to provoke allergies in the western U.S. include oak, cottonwood, olive, alder, maple, juniper, pine and cedar.

• Juniper and cedar pollen can travel more than 100 miles on the wind and cause problems starting in February and lasting into May.

• Juniper pollen can cause allergies in people who normally have no problems with pollen, perhaps due to its high carbohydrate content.

• People tend to become sensitive to juniper pollen a few years after moving to an area where it’s common.

• Junipers are in a family of evergreens with about 70 species, including cedars.

• Only the male trees produce pollen.

• Plant only female junipers for landscaping.

• Water down trees to reduce airborne pollen.

• Pull weeds, which also can produce allergies — especially ragweed.

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