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Around the Bluhmin Town: Allergens abound

Victor Kaur, owner of The Honeyman shops, and many of his customers believe they have found allergy relief by eating locally harvested honey.
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Victor Kaur, owner of The Honeyman shops, and many of his customers believe they have found allergy relief by eating locally harvested honey.

Achoo! Oh, excuse me, dear readers, because it seems I cannot stop sneezing! And I guess I am not alone. After reading up about allergies, it clarified one thing -- we folks are suffering in Arizona with itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing fits, sore throats and general fatigue. The devil is called pollen!

Pollen allergies are caused by airborne pollens, which are in the form of a very fine powder released by tees, grass and weeds.

One “expert” claims that in the higher elevations in Arizona, people are suffering because the mountain junipers are having sex (more politely —fertilization) this time of year.

In Phoenix, all those yellow palo verde trees are causing a yellow cloud of pollen. That, coupled with all the wind we have had lately, is a recipe for thick clouds of “powder” into the air and into our mouth, eyes and lungs. Trees, if you can read this, stop having sex! You are hurting us!

Hey, it is not only the trees that are up to no good. What about those beautiful flowering plants and bushes? Look around at our fair state and just about everything is in glorious boom. Yellows, purples, whites, greens, reds are all creating a landscape of beauty. As long as we don’t have to breathe, we will be fine!

One man emailed me to say he takes two spoonfuls of honey every morning, and that has “cured” his allergies. One lady said she can only go out to work in the yard with a mask on (and sometimes goggles). One couple said they will not open a window until June, when the “pollen count” is in a “tolerable range.” And one doctor told me that we are living in the “allergy capital of the world.” Lordy, help us.

Over 67 million Americans are suffering right now from pollen in the air! Seasonal allergies are estimated to be responsible for 4 million missed or lost work days every year!

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Americans spend as much as 4.5 billion annually on medication and doctor visits to treat their allergies. That is nothing to sneeze at.

We are getting sick from the air we breathe. Even pets can be miserable. I was walking around town one day and saw a “cloud” of yellow dust swirling around like an evil dust devil. People were trying to out run it, but no such luck. You know it cannot be good when you have bright yellow dust raining down on you from tree pollen. Help! We are under an allergy attack.

Grab the tissue box. Call in sick. (If you are an employer, I am only kidding). Go for a walk, but be prepared to run if you see a yellow cloud coming your way. Open a window and enjoy the cool breeze. Achoo! On second thought, shut it fast. Yikes, enjoy spring with all the trees and grasses in bloom from a safe distance,

Judy Bluhm is a writer and local Realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at

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