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Springtime means allergy season for many El Pasoans

Euri Giles | Clareifi

I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to dust, mold, grass, and weeds. The annual culprits that bring me the most misery though? The mulberry trees!

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A favorite springtime memory of mine is my dad reciting a poem by Ogden Nash:

“Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,

I wonder where the boidies is

The boid is on the wing,

But that’s absoid

From what I hoid

The wing is on the boid!”

Often referred to as "The Brooklyn National Anthem”. Dad was from Chicago, and made his home here in El Paso. Either way it always made me smile.

The only thing that didn’t make me smile during this time of the year were allergies. As a kid, I grew up with asthma. Springtime meant a change in the weather, and pollen! Lot’s and lot’s of pollen.

I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to dust, mold, grass, and weeds. The annual culprits that bring me the most misery though?

The mulberry trees!

According to aspireallergy.com:

“Mulberry is such a harsh allergy here in El Paso that the city had to ban the planting of new trees in 1992. This was passed in El Paso county due to concerns about the citizens’ health. In fact, El Paso wasn’t the only or even the first city to do this in the southwest. Tucson, Arizona banned the planting of Mulberry trees for very similar reasons in 1984! It was only until the early 90s that cities like Albuquerque, Las Vegas, and El Paso followed suit to protect their cities air quality.

When you think about Southwestern cities like these, you don’t think of them being overly populated with trees. However, the sheer amount of pollen that can come from one mulberry tree, combined with the windy, dry weather of the southwest creates an allergy storm.”

The first day of Spring 2021 was on March 20th. El Paso was still experiencing mild and colder temperatures. Here we are a week later, and the usually brown and dry desert landscape is changing color before our eyes.

With the natural beauty that spring offers in El Paso so comes the misery for allergy sufferers.

So many things have changed in our city due to COVID restrictions, mandates and recommendations. Spring used to mean baseball season, full parks full of families having picnics. Easter is right around the corner.

Although so many things have changed, seasonal allergies will find their way to you.

So how then do we go about our daily lives with some sense of normalcy as we’re trying to get things back to a familiar “normal”?

What’s are some of the best ways to combat seasonal allergies in El Paso?

Aside from the usual “over the counter” or prescription antihistamine medicines that you can get from your doctor to fight, prevent, or ease your seasonal allergies such as Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl and more.

There are a number of common sense and natural ways to get some much needed allergy relief.

First make sure to stay hydrated (drink plenty of water). Speaking of water, my family has made a habit of showering as soon as we get home from being outdoors. Washing off dust, pollen or any other outdoor contaminants from our skin and hair as well as changing our clothes seems to help.

According to Bee Well El Paso eating healthy can also provide a natural way to protect our bodies from seasonal allergies. As it reads on their website:

“Natural foods contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can combat or alleviate the effects of allergens. Foods that contain quercetin (onion, berries, peppers, barley) are effective against histamine reactions. Other nutrients like vitamin C and bromelain are effective against inflammations. A daily intake of ginger and honey (especially local) are also advised to minimize the effects of allergens on the body.”

This week, like many El Pasoans - I’ll be up on the roof getting the air conditioner ready for use, and probably make a trip to Lowes, or Home Depot for weed killer and other lawn care items.

Spring is here El Paso, stay healthy!

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