Nevada is a Western state known for its deserts and the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas. It’s also known — at least to people who live there — as a state that’s horrible for allergies. The dry, hot, and windy climate offers ideal conditions for plants to produce and spread pollen through the air. Interestingly, despite the rough spring and fall allergies, Nevada usually gets two breaks from seasonal allergies thanks to the colder winters and the hot summers.
If you have Nevada allergies, Wyndly is your solution. Our doctors will create an allergy plan designed to help you find long-term relief. Learn more by scheduling an allergy consultation today, or read on to learn more about Nevada allergies.
When Is Nevada Allergy Season?
Nevada has two primary allergy seasons — one in the spring and one in the fall. While summer allergies exist, they’re very brief, as the triple-digit temperatures start to curb pollen production significantly. Winter also provides the typical break from allergies.
Allergens by Season
Depending on the time of year, the allergies will change. Here are some of the allergies you can expect depending on the season.
Summer marks the beginning of a very short grass allergy season in Nevada. Grass allergies will usually begin in May and end by July, once the temperatures start climbing into the triple digits. The grass allergens to watch out for include ryegrass, bluegrass, and Bermuda, redtop, timothy, fescue, and orchard grasses.
Fall is one of the worst allergy seasons in Nevada, with ragweed being the primary offender. Fall weed allergies usually start at the end of August and go until the colder months of winter. Other weed allergy triggers include sagebrush, cocklebur saltbush, amaranth, and wormwood.
Winter provides a respite from allergy season. Indoor allergies can be a problem still, with dust mites, mold, and pet dander being some of the most common causes.
Spring is tree allergy season in Nevada and likely the worst allergy season for most residents. This season begins in February and goes until May. The worst allergies are from mulberry, aspen, olive, maple, ash, oak, elm, cypress, and willow trees.
Nevada deals with weed, tree, and grass allergies through the spring, summer, and fall. Indoor allergens like cockroaches, dust mites, and mold are also an issue.
Nevada residents can expect the following allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
As always, reactions will vary from person to person, but in general, allergies will cause one or more of these symptoms to occur.
Allergens Around the State
The different areas of Nevada will have different allergy symptoms to contend with. Let’s take a look at some of these allergens by region.
The Reno and Carson City areas have spring tree allergies from willow, maple, oak, and juniper pollen. Summer grass allergens include ryegrass, bluegrass, and Bermuda, bent, timothy, orchard, prairie, and fescue grasses. Fall weed allergy triggers include wormwood, sagebrush, ragweed, orache, and amaranth.
The Las Vegas, Henderson, and Mesquite areas have spring tree allergies from cypress, maple, oak, willow, and ash trees. Summer grass allergens include ryegrass, bluegrass, and Bermuda, timothy, orchard, fescue, brome, and bent grasses. Fall weed allergy triggers include sagebrush, wormwood, ragweed, amaranth, burrobush, and rosinbush.
The Winnemucca, Elko, Battle Mountain, Carlin, and Ely areas have spring tree allergies from willow, maple, and juniper pollen. Grass allergies in summer are from ryegrass, bluegrass, and bent, timothy, orchard, and fescue grasses. Fall weed allergens include ragweed, wormwood, sagebrush, saltbush, amaranth, and orache.
Testing and Diagnosis
Finding the source of your allergies isn’t the easiest thing to do. Trying to self-diagnose your allergies means paying close attention to which plants are producing pollen and seeing if your symptoms are lining up. Even doing that doesn’t always work, since there can be several different types of pollen in the air at any given time — not to mention indoor allergies and the fact that you can be allergic to more than one type of pollen. With an allergy test, you can take the guesswork out of the equation. Wyndly makes allergy testing even easier with our at-home allergy test. Get your at-home test from Wyndly today.
Let’s look at how different allergy testing options work.
Old-Fashioned Method: Skin Prick Test at Your Doctor’s Office
Skin prick testing requires you to go to the doctor to find out your allergen triggers. It’s often uncomfortable, and it takes time out of your day. You’ll go to the doctor’s office, and they’ll administer a test where they prick or scrape your skin with a needle tipped with different allergens, and then they’ll observe the areas they pricked for itchiness, redness, or swelling. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience. Instead, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.
Modern and Efficient At-Home Method
- Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
- Take the allergy test and send it back to us. Just do a quick finger prick test to provide us with a blood sample and mail it back when you’re done.
- Receive your personal allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through your personalized treatment plan.
Treatment and Remedies
You don’t have to simply put up with your Nevada allergies. Some remedies will only provide short-term relief. But with the right treatments, you may be able to find long-term relief. Let’s take a look at some of the options.
You should do your best to limit your exposure to your allergy triggers. This is easier said than done with pollen, but these measures can help.
- Check the daily pollen count: When allergy season rolls around, be sure to check the pollen count every day. If the pollen count for your allergen is high, it’s best to try to stay inside.
- Clean more often: Remember to clean your home frequently during allergy season. Using a HEPA filter vacuum and dusting with a wet rag can be especially helpful.
- Cut grass, pull weeds, and trim trees: Mowing your lawn, getting rid of weeds, and keeping your trees trimmed can reduce the pollen levels in your immediate vicinity. These strategies aren’t a cure-all, but they may help reduce the amount of pollen that gets into your house.
- Close the windows: Pollen can float in through windows, so be sure to keep your windows closed and run your A/C during allergy season instead.
- Shower after being outside: Pollen can stick to you, so it’s a good idea to rinse off in the shower. You can also wash your hands and face well when you’re away from home or you don’t have time for a shower.
- Do your laundry: Get the pollen off your clothes too by doing laundry more often during allergy season — just don’t dry your clothing outside on the line where more pollen can get on it.
- Wipe off pets: When your pets come inside, wipe them down so they don’t bring in pollen.
If you have mild allergy symptoms or if allergy season isn’t too bad in your area, limiting your exposure might be enough. If you’re like most people who have allergies, you’ll need to take allergy medications to find relief during the peaks of Nevada’s allergy season. Fortunately, allergy medications are widely available and can manage the most common allergy symptoms. Some allergy medications you may want to try for short-term relief are antihistamines, eye drops, decongestants, and nasal sprays.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Allergy Drops
If you want to treat your allergy symptoms for long-term relief, the only option is immunotherapy. Sublingual immunotherapy is a form of allergy treatment that uses drops or tablets to introduce your immune system to small, gradually increasing doses of your allergen. Over time, this retrains your immune system to tolerate or ignore these substances, providing long-term relief from allergy symptoms. Unlike allergy shots, you don’t have to go to a doctor for each dose of sublingual immunotherapy. You also don’t have to deal with painful needles.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
If you’re looking for lifelong relief from your seasonal Nevada allergies, choose Wyndly. Wyndly’s doctors will put together a personalized treatment plan to provide you with lifelong relief from your Nevada allergies.
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Nevada Allergy FAQs
We have answers to some frequently asked questions about Nevada allergies.
How long is Nevada’s allergy season?
Nevada allergy season is about half the year, in spring and fall.
Is allergy season bad in Nevada?
The spring and fall allergy seasons are particularly bad in Nevada.
Is Nevada a good state if you have allergies?
If you have tree or weed allergies, Nevada can be a miserable state.
When is the Nevada allergy season?
The Nevada allergy season starts in February, takes a break in July, starts again near the end of August, and ends in the winter months.
What are the worst months?
The worst months for Nevada allergies are March, April, May, and September.