Fall Allergies

Many people have allergies in the spring, but for some people, fall can be just as bad (or worse). Here’s the low-down on fall allergies, where they come from, and how Lakeside Allergy Ear Nose and Throat can help!

What allergens are there in the fall?

Some may wonder what there is to be allergic to in the fall, when plants are no longer pollinating and are beginning to die. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of allergens around.

  • Dead leaves can have pollen and mold on them, which can get stirred up when they are raked (one more good excuse not to rake leaves!).
  • Rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is common in late summer. Ragweed may be the culprit, as it starts pollinating in August and may not stop until there is a hard freeze.
  • Mold spores may linger in the air if the fall is uncharacteristically warm. If the weather is dry and windy, mold can easily be dispersed and cause allergies.

How can allergies be treated?

The first step in allergy treatment is figuring out what the patient is allergic to. This can be done in one of three ways. Prick testing involves the potential allergen being put on the skin with a small “prick” to test for a reaction. A blood test can also be performed, where a patient’s blood is tested in the lab for reactions to suspected allergens. With intradermal skin testing, the suspected allergen is injected under the skin to see if there is a reaction. Prick and intradermal testing can provide almost immediate results, and none of the tests take very long to perform.

Once the allergen is determined, an allergy specialist will tailor a specific treatment plan so that your specific allergies are treated. Treatment can include allergy shots or medication.

Living with allergies can be miserable. If you thought you might find some relief when fall started, you might have been unpleasantly surprised in the past few weeks. Make an appointment at Lakeside Allergy Ear Nose and Throat in Rockwall, Forney, or Wylie to get help with fall allergies. Stop living in misery and call (972) 771-5443 today.

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