Achoe! How to Manage Fall Allergy Symptoms
“When you think of fall allergy season, you think of ragweed pollen and mold counts,” said allergist Dr. Carla Ward. “Unfortunately, our patients are already coming in and they are already uncomfortable with the symptoms.”
According to Ward, some of these symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, stuffy nose, postnasal drainage, and mild coughing.
Ragweed is the predominant fall allergen. Ward recommended that people sensitive to ragweed closely monitor pollen and allergen counts in their area and adjust their activities accordingly.
“The days you see high numbers are a day you might want to pick an indoor activity or do something later in the day when the ragweed pollen has gone down,” a- she said, noting that the North East is experiencing the “worst kind”. of the ambrosia season.
Although ragweed reigns supreme among fall allergens, mold can also be the cause of many fall allergy symptoms. Other allergens, such as dust mites and pet allergens that are present year-round, can also trigger allergy symptoms.
Ward advised patients with itchy eyes and runny noses to first use oral antihistamines to manage symptoms. She also recommended over-the-counter eye drops to manage eye symptoms.
For patients with nasal congestion, she recommends a nasal steroid, which decreases inflammation in the nose and the amount of mucus draining down the back of the throat.