Fall is a great time of year. Depending on where you live, the fall can mean comfortable weather, cooler temps, and even beautiful scenery. However, as beautiful as the fall can be, it is also a nightmare for allergy sufferers.

Why is the Fall a Bad Time for Allergies?

Most assume that the spring is the worst time of year for allergies, however, the fall can be just as bad.

But why?

Fall means ragweed. And Ragweed can cause allergy sufferers a lot of grief. In fact, did you know that ragweed can travel up to 400 miles in the wind?

In addition to ragweed, general debris from mold and spores can be kicked up during the fall—especially if you spend a lot of time doing yard work. The debris from mowing the lawn and leaves can mean a big problem for allergy sufferers.

Fall allergies typically begin in August and can extend through October—again, depending on the climate in which you live.

What Can I Do to Enjoy My Fall?

If the fall is your favorite time of year, then don’t waste it by feeling miserable. Take action.

Protection is the Best Medicine. One of the ways you can make sure you enjoy the fall season is to protect yourself. You may be thinking, HOW can I protect myself from outdoor allergies?

Simple. After spending time outside—either going for a walk or doing yard work—be sure to take off your shoes before entering the house, removing your clothes, and taking a shower. You may be surprised to find how much these simple steps can help you feel better and avoid an allergy flare up.

You can also take over-the-counter medications, such as strong antihistamines while you are spending time outside.

Consult with an Allergy Specialist

No Suffering Allowed. If you find that your allergies are too strong for over-the-counter medications or you are still feeling miserable, then you may need a stronger treatment method. But don’t fret. Simply call an ENT for a consultation and diagnosis.

There are a number of allergy treatment methods from allergy shots (immunotherapy) to other medications. It doesn’t matter your age or medical history, a good ENT will take the time to find out what is ailing you, and offer the best course of treatment that is right for you.

Find out more information from your local ENT today at 561-737-8584 so you can begin enjoying your fall season tomorrow.