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Juniper Tree Pollen: The Most Allergenic Pollen in Northern Arizona

From mid-February to the end of March, copious amounts of Arizona’s most allergenic pollen billow out from juniper trees. Junipers are to the Southwest what fir trees are to the Northwest: widespread and represented by several species. While junipers define the landscape on the Colorado Plateau with their glacial growth, half-dead/half-alive appearance and fragrant aroma, they are THE GREATEST trigger of allergic reactions in winter.

Although junipers are found from sea level to 10,000 feet in elevation across the West, they are most abundant in the Coconino National Forest at elevations between 4,500-8,000 feet. They are common on the mesa tops and ridges and often found in association with pinyon and ponderosa pines.

Juniper tree pollen triggers sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, itchy red rashes on the eyelids, nasal congestion, headache and asthma. Approximately 50 percent of children and adults residing in Coconino County are affected. Juniper pollens are unique, in that they can cause allergic reactions in individuals with no other environmental allergy or sensitivity. This high allergenicity has to do with the size and buoyancy of the pollen – very small and very lightweight.

During the blooming season, Juniper trees produce copious amounts of pollen. In fact, pollen production can be so abundant that clouds of pollen can be seen drifting in the air like smoke. The dry, warm climate and high wind velocity of Northern Arizona can effortlessly spread juniper pollen 120 miles. The small size of the pollen is easily conveyed through the mucus membrane of the eyes, nose and mouth. After a few years of moderate exposure, even the least allergic person will develop a reaction to junipers.

Self-care for the allergic reaction includes anti-inflammatory nasal spray, over-the-counter anti-histamines and avoidance. Conventional medical treatments of steroid injection to down-regulate the immune system or under-the skin-injections of tree pollen to desensitize the immune system provide temporary relief only. Both approaches must be repeated to suppress the symptoms.

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a clinically effective treatment for the elimination of symptoms associated with juniper tree pollen as well as other environmental allergens. AAT is safe, non-invasive and requires no shots, needles or drugs. By combining 21st century science with Traditional Chinese Medicine, AAT offers a highly effective treatment that will provide life-long relief from the symptoms caused by juniper and all other tree pollens. You can read more about Advanced Allergy Therapeutics and the AAT treatment by visiting allergyfreeflagstaff.com. FBN



By Dr. Hanna Ian

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