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Many of us are familiar with springtime allergies but fall allergies are nearly just as common with 75% of those allergic to spring plants also having reactions in the fall.
Whether you experience spring or fall allergies, they both develop when the body’s immune system is triggered by something in the environment. Seasonal allergies specifically occur when the body overreacts to certain plants pollinating. It is estimated that about 8% of Americans experience allergies that occur in a specific season.
The severity of seasonal allergies varies from person to person as everyone’s immune response is individual.
Common symptoms include:
Other symptoms include:
It is important to note that for people who are prone to suffer from a condition that affects their breathing, such as asthma, symptoms can be more severe and can trigger an asthma attack.
The most common allergy trigger in the fall is ragweed. Ragweed usually starts to release pollen in August due to the cool nights and warm days and it can last through November.
Although ragweed does not grow in all parts of the country, its pollen can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind, making it difficult to avoid.
For people who are allergic to ragweed, other fall allergy triggers can include:
In addition to pollen, there are other environmental factors that can influence the severity of symptoms: When it is windy and warm, pollen counts surge. When there is no wind, airborne allergens such as pollen are grounded. Pollen levels often peak in the morning. Pollen counts increase after rainfall. The pollen of trees, grasses, and weeds thrive from the combination of cool nights and warm days.
Strategies to Avoid Triggers:
Ways to Alleviate Symptoms:
Seasonal allergies can feel like they rule your day and control your mood but effective lifestyle changes and treatment methods can greatly reduce your symptoms. If you are experiencing severe seasonal allergies and are not getting the help you need, contact Holtorf Medical Group today to see how we can help you!
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