October, 2015

Causes of Fall Allergies

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Fall has officially arrived, and for many people, the changing of seasons has caused sniffling and sneezing from allergies. Though fall allergy triggers are different from the triggers that are prevalent during the spring and summer, they can cause just as many symptoms. Fortunately, it is possible to determine your exact allergy triggers and find ways to manage – or even eliminate – your symptoms.

Fall 2015

For many people who suffer from allergy symptoms during the fall, the culprit is ragweed. This weed typically releases pollen from August through October, and the pollen can travel on the wind for hundreds of miles. If you are allergic to spring plants, there is a good chance that you have ragweed allergies as well. In fact, roughly 75% of people who have spring allergies are also allergic to ragweed.

Mold is another common trigger in the fall. In addition to growing in damp places in your home, such as bathrooms or the basement, mold spores also grow in wet places outdoors. Piles of soggy leaves are ideal hosts. Kids may also suffer from mold-related allergies during the fall months as mold is common in schools.

Last but not least, dust mites can also cause sneezing, coughing and runny noses. Though they are most common during the humid summer months, dust mites can also be stirred while tackling your fall cleaning projects or if you need to turn on your heating system.

Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis

Sometimes, it can be difficult to differentiate between allergies and a cold. There are some of the most common symptoms of allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy or Watery Eyes
  • Itchy Nose
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes

At Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas, we have a couple methods for diagnosing allergies. Most often, we will perform a skin test to see which allergens cause a reaction. Blood tests may also be used, but in general, the skin test is more accurate.

Treating Fall Allergies

There a number of ways to treat allergies and manage your symptoms. We may recommend nasal steroids or non-sedating antihistamines. For those who suffer from severe allergies, immunotherapy is an extremely effective treatment option.

You can also do several things to reduce your exposure to common allergens. Keeping your home clean is extremely important. Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove dust mites from your floors and furniture. You should also wash all bedding in hot water or bleach at least every 10 days. Keep damp areas, like bathrooms and basements, well-ventilated to reduce mold growth. Keep windows and doors closed as often as possible to help keep outdoor allergens out.

Allergy Treatment in Brownsville

A trip to the drugstore will provide you with an overwhelming number of options for treating your allergies. Some work, and others don’t. For true relief from your symptoms, visit Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas for allergy treatment in Brownsville. We will work tirelessly to determine your exact allergy triggers and recommend a course of treatment that will allow you to live free from your symptoms.

To learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Khetarpal, please call 956-504-5360 today.