Fighting Those Fall Allergies

ATLANTA - For the 60 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, Fall can be one of the most difficult times of year.

Here are some answers about what you can do to combat symptoms.

It's the beginning of the fall season, so for Kathy Jensen that means a trip to her allergist.

"A lot of coughing and sneezing and itchy eyes," said Kathy Jensen.

Researchers say more than 50 percent of the population in the U.S. suffer from some type of allergy. But allergists say the Fall is when the ragweed is in bloom - and that's when things go from bad to worse.

"Sneezing, runny eyes. [It] makes people really miserable starting around Labor Day until we get the first killing frost of the winter," said allergist Dr. Carol Wiggens.

In addition to the usual dust mites and mold, Georgians also contend with Fall pollens. Dr, Wiggens says pollens are worse in the morning and you'll notice the most discomfort when you're being active outside.

For those of you who can't stop coughing, wheezing and sneezing, Common Ragweed is most likely why. It can be found any and everywhere. But allergists say you don't have to leave yourself defenseless.

"There are a number of medications that don't tend to cause drowsiness," says Wiggens.

Jensen decided to fight her seasonal discomfort with allergy desensitization shots once a week. She says it's worth it.

Wiggins says whatever your level of discomfort, it's best to first find out what you're allergic to. The fall season is too good to let pass by.

"You shouldn't suffer. Atlanta is a beautiful place to live," says Wiggens.

If you're wondering when the sneezing, wheezing, and itching will be over - Wiggens says you'll notice a significant drop in symptoms once the first frost happens - which in metro Atlanta could mean mid-November.

 
 
 
 

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