Once upon a time, people moved to Arizona to escape allergy symptoms– but that’s certainly not true today! In fact, some of the highest recorded levels of ragweed allergen in the entire U.S. have been found in parts of Maricopa County.
What was once Arizona’s desert landscape has been transformed over the years into green grasses and new trees and weed species, complete with new sources of pollen.
Some allergenic plants were already native species like desert broom, desert ragweed, mesquite, paloverde, triangle leaf bursage, and wing scale. But to make matters worse, more allergenic species have been introduced. The list includes olive, white mulberry, and narrow leaf willow trees; weeds like Russian thistle and Australian saltbush; and the popular Bermuda grass.
So, although we love the natural beauty and splendor of Arizona’s great outdoors, when its beauty is in full bloom, we might hide indoors to avoid all that pollen. But even indoors, there’s no escape. Allergens like pet dander, molds, and dust mites are lurking in the air, between the curtains, and even beneath our pillows.