New Mexico is a state in the Southwest known for its culture and beautiful desert vistas. The pleasant weather does come at a cost, though, as New Mexico can have a pretty rough allergy season. Thanks to the dry climate and the long growing season, allergy season can be long and hard for residents. If you have New Mexico allergies, Wyndly can help.
Wyndly provides personalized physician care for your New Mexico allergies. Get started by scheduling an allergy consultation today and reading on to learn more about New Mexico allergies.
When Is New Mexico Allergy Season?
New Mexico allergy season is fairly long, with some trees producing pollen as early as January. The mild winters mean that hard freezes aren’t very common, and some species of grass and weeds will produce pollen well into late fall. New Mexico residents can expect a brief break from allergies in winter, but it’s short-lived.
Allergens by Season
New Mexico allergens will vary based on what time of year it is. Let’s take a look at each season and some of the common allergies that come with them.
Summer will primarily be grass allergy season for New Mexico residents. The grass allergy season can be fairly long in New Mexico thanks to the mild fall weather, meaning it can start as early as May or June and go into September or even October. Some common grass allergy triggers include ryegrass and Bermuda, bent, timothy, orchard, and prairie grasses.
Fall is weed allergy season in New Mexico, although these allergies can occasionally nearly last until winter. Weed allergy season usually starts in mid-August and will end in late October or even November. Ragweed, sagebrush, amaranth, pigweed, saltbush, and wormwood are some of the common causes of weed allergies.
Winter won’t provide a long break from seasonal allergies in New Mexico, but it should be a break nonetheless. Indoor allergies like cockroaches, dust, and pet dander can still bring on allergy symptoms, though.
Spring is when tree allergies are at their worst in New Mexico. For some trees, this season may start as early as January, with the season tapering off in May. Common causes of tree allergies include juniper, elm, cottonwood, ash, maple, oak, willow, and mulberry trees.
The seasonal allergies in New Mexico can usually be attributed to tree, grass, and weed pollen. Indoor allergies are also a problem, with dust, mold, cockroaches, and pet dander being the most common culprits.
New Mexico 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
Your allergies may differ based on the part of New Mexico you live in. Here are some of the different regions of New Mexico and their primary allergies.
Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Gallup/Farmington/Las Vegas
The Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Gallup, Farmington, and Las Vegas areas can expect spring tree allergies from maple, willow, oak, and mulberry trees. Summer grass allergens include ryegrass and Bermuda, bent, timothy, and orchard grasses. Fall weed allergy triggers include ragweed, saltbush, wormwood, and amaranth.
The Las Cruces, Roswell, Carlsbad, and Alamogordo areas of New Mexico will begin tree allergy season with willow, oak, juniper, cypress, maple, mulberry, and ash pollen. Summer grass allergens include ryegrass and Bermuda, timothy, brome, bent, fescue, and orchard grasses. Fall weed allergy triggers include ragweed, sagebrush, saltbush, orache, and amaranth.
The Clovis and Hobbs areas have tree allergies from oak and willow trees. Summer grass allergens include corn and orchard grass. Fall weed allergy triggers include ragweed, amaranth, and sagebrush.
Testing and Diagnosis
If you have seasonal allergies, it’s a good idea to determine the cause of your symptoms. This is easier said than done. With the various types of pollen in the air and the crossover of allergy seasons, it can be difficult to find which type of pollen is causing your allergies. With an allergy test, you can find out for certain. Wyndly makes it easy to take an allergy test with our at-home allergy test kit. Buy your allergy test from Wyndly today to learn your allergy profile!
Let’s take a look at some of the different allergy testing options.
This is 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
If you have New Mexico allergies, there are several methods for finding relief, both in the short term and the long term. Let’s take a look at some of these remedies and treatments.
Limiting your exposure to your allergens is generally recommended to help manage your symptoms during allergy seasons.
Here are some ways you can keep exposure to a minimum:
- Look at the pollen count: It’s a good idea to check the pollen count for the day and see if the levels for your allergen are high. If the pollen count is high, you may want to try to stay inside. If you do go outside, wearing an N95 mask can help keep pollen out of your nose and mouth.
- Go outside in the evening: The evening is the best time to go outside during allergy season, as pollen levels usually peak in the morning and afternoon.
- Keep the house clean: Vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum and dusting with a wet rag are good ways to keep your home as free from pollen as possible.
- Take showers: Taking showers after you’ve been outside is a great way to rinse off the pollen you may have come in contact with throughout the day. A quick substitute would be to wash your face and hands well.
- Close the windows: Remember to keep your windows closed during allergy season so pollen can’t get in. It’s better to run your A/C instead.
- Do laundry: Get pollen off your clothes by doing laundry frequently during allergy season.
- Mow the lawn, trim trees, and remove weeds: Keeping your lawn and landscaping maintained can help reduce pollen levels around your home.
While limiting exposure may provide enough relief for some people, many may need the extra support of allergy medications to get relief. Allergy medications provide short-term relief from a variety of common allergy symptoms. Some over-the-counter options include antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and decongestants.
Limiting your exposure and taking allergy medication can provide short-term relief and help you get through allergy season. However, these aren’t treatments for allergies. If you want to treat your allergies and find lifelong relief, sublingual immunotherapy is a great solution. Sublingual immunotherapy uses small, gradually increasing doses of your allergen to retrain your immune system to ignore or tolerate these substances. Sublingual immunotherapy uses drops or tablets instead of needles, and it can be taken from your home. It’s a safe and highly effective alternative to the less convenient allergy shots.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
If you want long-term relief from your New Mexico allergies, Wyndly is your solution. Our doctors can put together a personalized treatment plan based on your allergy profile and history.
Take our easy 2-minute online assessment to see if Wyndly is right for you!
New Mexico Allergy FAQs
We have answers to some frequently asked questions about New Mexico allergy season.
How long is New Mexico’s allergy season?
New Mexico’s allergy season can start in winter and go until late fall.
Is allergy season bad in New Mexico?
New Mexico has a bad allergy season thanks to dry climates and a long growing season.
Is New Mexico a good state if you have allergies?
New Mexico isn’t a great state for allergy sufferers, although there are worse options.
When is the New Mexico allergy season?
It’s usually from January to November.
What are the worst months?
The worst months are March, April, May, and September.