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Fall Allergies and Hay Fever Columbus Ohio

The late Summer and the Fall months may be a difficult time of year for allergy sufferers.  To many, this time of year is known as hay fever season.  Many people associate Spring with allergies because of the new plant growth and blooming that occur, but late Summer and Fall allergens can also pose a […]

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The late Summer and the Fall months may be a difficult time of year for allergy sufferers.  To many, this time of year is known as hay fever season.  Many people associate Spring with allergies because of the new plant growth and blooming that occur, but late Summer and Fall allergens can also pose a significant problem.  Ragweed and other weeds pollinate from mid-August through the beginning of October, and cause symptoms of nasal and eye allergy and asthma: congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, cough, sinus infections, ear infections, wheezing, chest tightness, asthma attacks, and other asthma symptoms with playing outdoor sports.

If you suffer from outdoor mold allergy, your symptoms may not be over when the ragweed/weed season ends, they may actually worsen.  Outdoor molds predominate during many times of the year, but when leaves fall to the ground in the Fall, they serve as a moist, decaying bed in which certain molds can flourish.  Molds release their microscopic spores into the air frequently, especially right around the time of rain, and when the barometric pressure changes, or weather changes.  These spores act just like pollens, and cause similar symptoms as pollen allergy.  Some people with mold allergy notice more sinus symptoms such as sinus infections or sinus pressure or headaches.  Some with mold allergy develop Fall cough, bronchitis or an asthma exacerbation every year in the Fall season.  Recurrent cough, bronchitis or asthma at the same time of year every year in the Fall can be a clue that a Fall allergy is present.

It is tempting to keep windows open during the late Summer and early Fall season, because temperatures start to drop to a comfortable temperature at night, but nighttime outdoor air exposure can really exacerbate symptoms.  It is best to keep windows and doors closed this time of year if you suffer from Fall allergies.  Outdoor yard work, especially mowing, which exposes the “moldy” layer of grass, and raking leaves, should be avoided this time of year if you have allergies.  If you can’t avoid these tasks, it is best to take an allergy medication before mowing or raking leaves outside.  Allergy and asthma medications and allergy shots are mainstays of therapy, and are very helpful.

Please do not hesitate to call us at Midwest Allergy regarding your Fall allergies if you need help identifying your allergies, learning more about your allergies, or finding a better treatment plan.

 

 

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