YUMA, Ariz. – Strong gusty winds are forcing some Yuma County residents to stay indoors Wednesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) had pollution advisories in effect Tuesday and Wednesday. They say blowing dust could pose a health risk.
“My eyes are watering, sneezing. I just hate to come outside. The weather is beautiful. The wind makes it a little worse,” winter visitor Glenda Jones said.
The high pollution also heightens spring allergies for others.
“Oh your nose runs all the time and your eyes water and sometimes I’ve taken an allergy pill. Most of the time I just grin and bear it,” tourist Bev Kemper said.
NWS advises anyone with aggravated heart and lung disease or those with asthma to avoid physical activity.
“So when the tissues swell it blocks the sinus passages. The sinus passages need to stay open so that the mucus can drain,” Allergist, Atlanta Allergy Asthma Clinic Dr. Stanley Fineman said.
To avoid these side effects the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology advises those with allergy problems to keep doors and windows in your home and car shut. They say take a shower and wash your hair after outdoor activities. Wipe off pets when they come indoors and don’t let them sleep in your bed.
“First we see tree pollen and then following the tree pollen we see grass pollen,” said Fineman.
While pollution and pollen remain in the air some residents say they still manage to stop and smell the roses.
“I enjoy the flowers that are in bloom right now. They smell really good,” tourist Dorthy Perala said.