Autumn allergies

Living in the Ohio Valley means it’s always allergy season! But changes in the seasons bring changes in the type of allergens you may be exposed to. And with fall fast approaching, it’s key to know the common culprits that might give you even more allergy blues:

  • Ragweed: This yellow-flowering weed usually starts releasing pollen in August, but it can last into September and October. And these pollen grains are mighty movers — they can travel up to 400 miles in the wind!
  • Mold: Outdoor molds are common in soil, compost piles and piles of damp leaves. Mold can also grow in damp areas indoors, such as the basement or bathroom.
  • Dust mites: Though most common during the hot summer months, dust mites can be released into the air when you first turn on your heat in the fall.

Allergies and colds can have similar symptoms, but these differences can help you tell one from the other:

  • Allergies do not cause a fever or body aches, unlike a cold or the flu.
  • Colds usually produce nasal discharge that is greenish and thick, whereas discharge from an allergy is clear and thin.
  • Colds usually last seven to 10 days, while allergy symptoms last until an allergen is removed.
  • Allergic reactions are likely to cause rashes.

You don’t have to confine yourself to a plastic bubble if you suffer from allergies. For more information or to find a physician who can help treat your allergies, visit our Find a Doctor or call (502) 629-1234.