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Fall Allergies

fall allergies are not caused by trees, but ragweed

Fall allergies affect millions of people every year. Although the most commonly known causes of allergies such as trees and flowers have begun to subside by the end of July, allergy sufferers should not expect relief during the fall months. For those who suffer during the spring, an even greater threat begins to emerge as fall approaches: Ragweed.

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Causes of Fall Allergies

Ragweed Pollen: Ragweed is by far, the most common cause of fall allergies. This plant begins to grow vigorously through the summer months and is ready for pollination in the fall. A single plant can produce a billion highly reactive pollen grains. These grains are among the smallest types of pollen from any plant, and can be carried for miles on the wind.

Mold: A lesser cause of fall suffering is mold. Mold spores can cause problems year round if the conditions are right. Mold thrives in dark, damp places. It grows on fallen leaves and limbs, and a rainy summer can greatly contribute allergies caused by mold during the fall.

There are few other plants that pollinate in the fall that cause significant allergy problems for the population. If you experience allergy problems in the fall, it is most likely that your Fall Allergy Symptoms are caused by ragweed.

Recommended Treatments

While there is no permanent cure for allergies, there are a number of steps you can take to relieve your suffering or reduce the occurrence of your symptoms.

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Avoidance: Avoidance is the number one recommended treatment strategy. Staying indoors when pollen counts are high, and using an air purifier to remove pollen from the air is the best way to avoid an allergy attack.

Medications: The use of antihistamines is a common treatment for fall allergies. If you know you are going outside during a day when pollen counts are high, it is recommended that you take antihistamines prior to coming in contact with your allergens. Many people often take them after their nose starts running and their eyes start itching. Since antihistamines block the effect of allergens, taking them after exposure significantly reduces their effectiveness.

Other Treatments: See a wide range of other treatment options and voidance tips on our Allergy Treatments page.

Severe Fall Allergies

Some people have more severe allergies than others. For these people, allergies can result in sleep disorders and fatigue. Children can also exhibit learning problems if their allergies become too problematic for them at school and at home. People with severe allergies should consider seeing an allergist for additional treatment options such as immunotherapy.