Well, it is not officially fall until September 20th; summer will be gone in about five weeks but it is not too early to feel and see fall in the air or experience fall allergies. Ragweed, mold and dust mites are a few of the allergies we suffer in autumn. Ragweed is probably the most notorious of allergies. The pollen is released in August and can last as long as three months. What’s worst, ragweed travels in the air so there’s no escaping it. According to Kaiser Permanente in Cleveland, some people who suffer from ragweed might actually be allergic to grass. The grass dies out for a while in the summer but picks up in fall and that's when the pollen picks up, too, and that will continue until the first hard frost. If you are allergic to both grass and pollen, you might feel even worse. www.cleveland.com Mold spores likes to grow in wet areas outside not just inside. So when it rains in the fall leaves get wet and this can bring on mold allergies especially when the leaves are not raked. Dust mites can make their presence known when it is cold outside and the heat gets turned on inside. Dust mites blow directly in the air inside our homes and are common in schools as well.
Allergy symptoms simulate a cold so be careful during treatment. Allergy symptoms can include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and headaches. Over the counter medications like Claritin, Zyrtec and Benadryl can be successful in dealing with allergies. As always consult your doctor especially if your symptoms do not go away.