Fall season is officially in full swing…and with it, the familiar sound of sneezing and wheezing around our house! I used to think seasonal allergies happened to unfortunate people in the Spring caused by the explosion of pollen. But after living in Georgia for 16 years and having 2 of my 4 children with bonafide allergies – I know better!
As soon as the temperature begins to cool and leaves start to fall there’s a host of allergens floating around that could be the cause of that itchy throat, teary eyes, sneezing and sniffles – the same symptoms usually associated with springtime allergies.
When it comes to Fall allergies, public enemy #1 is this little monster – ragweed.
You’ve got lots of options. Symptoms can usually be controlled with nasal saline, decongestants and over- the-counter or prescription antihistamines may also help relieve symptoms. And when in doubt nurse practitioners and physicians assistants at MinuteClinic, can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.