Studies show why it is possible that allergies in the autumn can feel worse.
Do allergies in the autumn feel worse than any other time of the year? You are not alone, as many others face more allergies in the fall than the springtime. Due to the climate, the falling leaves and branches, and the autumn ragweed in general, we may feel more allergies in the autumn.
Doctor Sanjeec Jain, MD, PhD, a board-certified allergist and immunologist at Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic, stated that “Fall allergy season for those with weed allergies will start in August and last through October. Weather conditions such as a drought, increased rainfall, snow, temperature, and other factors can affect the length and severity of these allergy seasons.”
It is not necessarily the case that autumn allergies are more severe this year specifically as there are many other factors involved for feeling worse. There is overall worse air quality than before with forest fires and high pollen counts. “Smoke in the air as well as weed pollen and mold spores can trigger allergic responses that result in symptoms such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, watery or itchy red eyes, congestion, cough, and asthma exacerbations,” said Dr. Jain.
A board-certified allergist and medical advisor at Curex, Neeta Ogden, noted that Asthma is more prone to flare up in the fall, which could explain why we may feel more symptoms now than ever before. It is also important to be proactive as it can help lessen fall allergies. Dr. Ogden recommends keeping an eye on local pollen counts and limiting your time outside on high-allergy days. Making an appointment with a board-certified allergy specialist is also crucial, so that it helps optimize the allergy treatment.
As a preventative measure, your doctor may advise you to take allergy medicine and to often wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose so that the amount of pollen and mold inhale is at a minimum. Zyrtec or Claritin, daily non-sedating antihistamines, are recommended for use to keep the symptoms from acting up. Make sure to keep home windows closed and use an air purifier to keep your place more allergy-proof.
If you are still having difficulties regulating your symptoms, your doctor might recommend allergy shots or immunotherapy. Allergies in the autumn and fall might be annoying, but they don’t have to keep you from enjoying the season. Hopefully you will be able to resume all of your favorite outdoor fall activities with over-the-counter medication, basic prevention steps, and the assistance of an allergist.