Health Minute: Fall Allergies

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WESTERN NEW YORK – Football, mild weather, the glorious change in leaves nature offers so much to love about the fall; but millions of people with fall allergies tell a very different story.

So how can allergy sufferers find relief from their symptoms?

Dr. Alan Redding, an allergist in Atlanta, says ragweed is a major culprit to those who get the sniffles.

“It’s very common for people who have year-round allergies to have worsening of their symptoms during the fall,” said Dr. Redding.

Dr. Redding tells patients there are some steps they can take that can help:

  • buying HEPA air filters.
  • using a Saline Nasal Spray.
  • avoiding raking or bagging leaves if they have a sensitivity to mold, or using a mask.

“If they need to work outdoors or spend significant amounts of time outdoors, its best that they do that later in the day,” said Redding.

Redding says these tips may help with mild symptoms, but see a board-certified allergist if symptoms are more severe.


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