Allergy Meds Flying Off North Phoenix Shelves

palo verde blooming
Palo verde trees in the Valley Vista neighborhood, just off North Valley Parkway, were blooming April 4.

First it was wildflowers. Now it’s the bloomin’ palo verde trees.

“My symptoms were extra intense during the daisy bloom,” said Carefree Crossing resident Daniel Lundeen, “to the point where my skin hived up where facial hair grows.” Lundeen suffers the usual symptoms: itchy eyes and runny nose, but this year, he said, more intensely.

All the pollen has fueled a run on medications.

On Tuesday, the Norterra CVS on North Valley Parkway sold out of allergy eye drops. “They have been flying off the shelves,” said pharmacist Albert Szczebak (pronounced Shə•bock). This is typically the worst time of year, Szczebak told In&Out. “It’s pretty outside, but unfortunately it’s driving a lot of allergy sufferers crazy.”

Szczebak offers advice for anyone whose go-to allergy meds don’t seem to be working, be it the popular steroid nasal sprays Flonase or Nasacort, or pills such as Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin. “Our bodies can become tolerant to medications over time,” he said. “Try an alternative.”

Are you one of those who never had allergies before moving to Arizona? “You may have immunities to allergens you grew up with,” Szczebak explained. But with exposure to different plants and pollens, “you definitely can develop allergies over time.”

There’s relief ahead, Szczebak said: “Once the triple digits come back, it’ll stop all this stuff from budding.”

 

The Mayo Clinic offers the following advice to seasonal allergy suffers:

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Remove clothing worn outside and shower to get pollen off your hair and skin.
  • Clean floors often with a HEPA-filter vacuum.

More tips here.

daisy mountain brittlebush
The “daisies” that proliferated this year, as here on Daisy Mountain, are the flowers of what’s called brittlebush, which grows throughout the Sonoran Desert and a few other parts of the Southwest.

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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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