Why Your Allergies Might Feel Worse During Autumn

You might be feeling a little bit more like fall where you live lately, with crisp, cool air and pumpkins all over the place.

Dr. Neeta Ogden, an allergist, says,

Allergies in the fall can be as intense as spring for many people. The biggest culprit is fall ragweed, other weeds, and grasses. As the leaves and branches fall, outdoor molds can also cause fall allergies. People allergic to weeds will start to feel their symptoms in August, and they’ll last through October. Your fall allergies might feel more severe this year due to forest fires burning in the US, as smoke in the air mixed with weed pollen and mold spores can trigger allergic responses that result in symptoms such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, watery or itchy red eyes, congestion, cough, and asthma exacerbations.

To reduce your allergies you should limit your time outdoors on high-allergy days, see an allergy specialist, and then see if that specialist recommends taking allergy medication as a preventative measure.

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