The arrival of fall means lots of changes. Cool evenings, football and — for some of us — fall allergies.
A common source of fall allergens is ragweed. It can ride the winds for hundreds of miles, so it can find its way to you wherever you are.
If you have problems with fall allergies, you can try an over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine to help control symptoms. If symptoms aren’t alleviated, consider an OTC nasal spray. For chronic allergies, visit with your health care provider about other options.
Learn more about fall allergies in this video report from Dr. Nathan Lebak, an Aurora Health Care physician specializing in allergies and immunology.
Other allergy coping steps you can take:
- Keep your windows closed to keep allergens out.
- Use a HEPA filter to remove pollen, mold and other potential allergens.
- Use a dehumidifier and keep the humidity at about 35 to 50 percent.
- Vacuum your home regularly.
- Wear a mask when raking leaves to reduce allergens you might breathe in.
- After you’ve been outside, take a shower before bedtime.
See your health care professional if you’re bothered by allergies in the fall or anytime of year.
The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.