Anne Corbitt loves the fall, but the season has been tough because of her allegories. Ever since she was a teenager, Corbitt’s allergies have slowed her down. The major culprit? Ragweed.
“It is very common for people who have year-round allergies to have worsening of their symptoms during the fall as well as spring,” explained Dr. Alan Redding an allergist.
Dr. Redding tell patients there are some steps they can take that help such as buying HEPA air filters, using saline nasal spray, avoiding raking or bagging leaves as well as doing outdoor work later in the day.
According to Redding, these tips may help mild symptoms but suggests seeing a board-certified allergist if symptoms are more severe like Corbitt’s was. She started getting allergy shots almost two years ago.
The immunotherapy works by gradually reducing a person’s sensitivity to their allergens.
Corbitt says the shots were life-changing and now she can enjoy all that the fall season has to offer.