<![CDATA[AH-CHOO! Wait a minute…allergy symptoms were only supposed to appear during the spring and summer, right? Wrong! The fall season is just as hard on allergy sufferers as the other seasons throughout the year. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know ways you can start alleviating fall allergies so that you can enjoy the season rather than dealing with a scratchy throat and watery eyes.
What Causes Sinus Problems During the Fall Season?Ragweed is certainly the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. This allergen usually emerges around late August and can last all through September and October. In addition to ragweed, mold is another common fall allergy trigger.
Signs of Fall Allergies
- Runny nose
- Sinus headaches
- Scratchy throat
- Poor sleep quality
How Long Does Ragweed Last?Your fall allergy symptoms are going to last as long as the allergen is present. If you’re allergic to ragweed, your allergies may taper off some in late November, once the first frosts bring an end to ragweed season. But if your allergies are triggered by mold or mildew, they may stick around a little longer. Fortunately, there are ways you can start tackling fall allergies before they begin.
Ways to Alleviate Fall Allergies
- Check the pollen levels every day before heading outdoors.
- Be sure to wear the proper, protective clothing.
- Remove pollen from your hair and body by showering after coming home.
- Do not hang clothes outside to dry.
- Use a humidifier and/or air conditioner instead of opening windows.
- Consider taking over-the-counter allergy medicine.