Can You Get Seasonal Allergies in the Fall?
If allergies get the best of you in the spring, chances are you are getting another dose of allergy symptoms right now. Unfortunately, just because the cold weather moves in doesn't mean the allergy symptoms go away.
In fact, ragweed (one of fall's biggest allergy triggers) is still going strong through October. Fortunately, our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter is here to help you conquer your fall allergy symptoms so you can get back to enjoying all that fall has to offer!
Why Do My Allergies Get Worse in the Fall?
While we usually think of seasonal allergies as only occurring in the spring, they can occur year-round due to different allergens.
Seasonal allergies tend to spike during the fall months due to ragweed, as well as other cool autumn irritants that can cause just as much irritation as pollen.
Signs of Fall Allergies
- Itchy throat
- Red, itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Difficulty sleeping
- Facial pain
How Long Do Fall Allergies Last?
That's a tricky question to answer! Allergies will last as long as you're exposed to the allergen.
So, if your allergy trigger is ragweed, you'll experience some level of symptoms until ragweed production dissipates. If your trigger is something like mold or mildew, though, your symptoms may linger year-round, since we're constantly exposed to those allergens.
Preventing Fall Allergies
- Check pollen levels and avoid the outdoors when levels are high.
- Use a humidifier.
- Remove pollen from clothing and hair when coming indoors.
- Use the air conditioner or heat rather than opening the windows.
- Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry.
- Try an OTC antihistamine or nasal spray to fend off symptoms.