Sneezin' Season: How To Cope With Allergies This Fall

With up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffering from nasal allergies, preparing for fall means preparing for watery eyes and stuffy noses. And while many of us associate spring with being the worst for allergies, surprisingly that may not be the case. In fact, it is believed that nearly 75 percent of springtime allergy sufferers also struggle with allergies in the fall.

Unfortunately, when it comes to allergies there are many triggers that may be the culprit causing your seasonal suffering, some of the common triggers are:
  • Pollen
  • House-dust mites
  • Mold
  • Animals

Keep in mind, though, that during the fall season, there may be one may be one main allergen to blame—ragweed. As part of the daisy family, this plant grows in many areas across the U.S. and begins releasing its pollen throughout the fall months. As if that wasn’t enough, the pollen that ragweed releases can travel for hundreds of miles making its reach expansive.

The good news is there are many ways to make the most of this fall season—despite the ragweed. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind so that allergies this fall don’t catch you off guard.

Keep a lookout for warm weather: Unusually warm temperatures through fall can worsen allergy symptoms. Get ahead of symptoms by taking allergy medications when the season starts and before symptoms plague you.

Find the right treatment method for you: With multiple different types of over-the-counter allergy medications, including: antihistamines, decongestants and steroid nasal sprays, you have an abundance of treatment options. Depending on your symptoms, a certain type of medication may be best.

Avoid peak pollen times: With an abundance of fun fall activities, like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and apple picking, make sure to steer clear of peak pollen times. Typically this will be late morning to early afternoon. Also, check pollen counts in the local area, this should help with planning and avoiding excess pollen.

Protect yourself from irritants: While irritants don’t cause allergies, they can make them worse by exacerbating symptoms. Common irritants include cigarette smoke, perfume, aerosol sprays, smoke from wood stoves or fireplaces, car exhaust and many others. Work with your physician to determine what your irritants may be.

While allergies can be a pesky problem, this is not a condition you have to suffer through. There are many options available to you, including medication, personalized treatment and lifestyle changes. Whether you suffer from minor allergies or severe allergies, Gwinnett Medical Center offers the care and expertise you need with ear, nose and throat specialists, as well as Sinus Solutions


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