fallallergies.jpeg (image_CRFsC1j.webp)Fall Allergy Symptoms:

The symptoms of fall allergies are similar to the common cold and the flu, however, they do not cause a fever. 

  • Watery, itchy, irritated eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Rashes or hives on the skin
  • Asthma flare-ups (coughing, wheezing)

Allergens That Are High During The Fall:

Weeds, pollen and grasses can grow in huge quantities during Autumn, triggering fall allergies. Once you learn to recognize your symptoms and identify your triggers, it will be much easier to manage your allergy symptoms in the long-term. 

  • Ragweed
  • Pollen
  • Spores
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pigweed
  • Sorrel
  • Sagebrush
  • Goldenrod
  • Mugwort
  • Cocklebur
  • Tumbleweed
  • Burning brush
  • Lamb’s-quarters

How To Manage Fall Allergies

  1. Pollen counts are highest from early morning until 10 a.m., be sure to limit your time outside before noon.
  2. Keep windows closed on windy days and when the pollen count is high.
  3. Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes from irritants.
  4. Use a dehumidifier to help prevent household mold. 
  5. Rake dead leaves and weeds off your property, as they can encourage the growth of mold. 
  6. Wear a facemask when you do yard work to avoid breathing in mold spores. 
  7. Shower and wash your clothes after spending time outdoors to rinse off mold spores and pollen. 
  8. Clean the house with a damp cloth as opposed to dry-dusting or sweeping.
  9. Avoid rubbing your eyes so as not to aggravate itchiness and swelling. 
  10. Opt for glasses over contact lenses during allergy flare-ups. 

No matter what season it is, it’s important to see a board-certified allergist if you think may be suffering from allergies. A doctor who specializes in internal medicine asthma, allergy, and immunology will be able to run appropriate tests, and develop a treatment plan that can include medication and tips for avoidance. 

Premier Medical Associates is an award-winning practice that offers top-rated testing and treatment for allergies, asthma, and immunology. If you would like to set up an appointment for you or a member of your family, request an appointment at our Penn Hills or North Versailles office. Our expert medical team will provide thorough testing to diagnose an allergic condition, and recommend both at-home and medical treatment options at-home, including immunotherapy (allergy shots). We are open for in-office visits, and are currently offering video visits to patients who would prefer to stay at home. Call us today!