Dothan, AL (WTVY) With Autumn comes nagging allergies.
Common allergies this time of year stem from weeds, grasses, and molds.
Dr. Mark Kalenian, Allergist with the Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center says:
"Right now you're seeing pollen as far as ragweed, grass cause that's not over and all of those elms often bloom in the spring there are some that bloom in the fall as well."
During fall, ragweed is worst especially with higher than normal September temperatures.
Dr. Kalenian also says that these warmer temperatures could lead to a longer pollen season.
Ragweed will typically stick around until the first frost of the year.
"I would say typically spring and fall are the worst time for allergies, spring and fall is the worst time viral infections like colds but fall interestingly is the worst time for asthma and usually it's around September."
There are some things to look for…
"Common symptoms are just common to all allergies-nasal congestion is a big one, it's probably more common in kids more than adults, typically itchy, sneezy is worse than runny and stuffy."
Medications like anti-histamines, and allergy shots will help relieve symptoms. But avoiding allergens may be your best defense.
Kalenian finishes with:
"Realize that pollen is worst from 5 to 10 in the morning and it's worse on dry windy days especially when the temperatures are above the mid-50s."
Plan outdoor activities when pollen levels are low, usually during rainy, cloudy, and windless days.
But if you're unable to avoid the outdoors, take steps to keep your home pollen-free.
Kalenian says that if you don't treat your allergies… it can lead to other ailments. Among them are lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, sinus infections, and recurring ear infections.
There are a few options you can try from the comfort of your own home and these include: salt-water irrigation and butterbur which is a natural remedy that will help with migraines.