Fall Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

Fall Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

For many people, fall is a beautiful time of the year when the heat starts to wane, the leaves become more colorful, and everything seems calm and more subdued. For others, however, allergies can make this season especially problematic. While you may have allergies in the spring and even in the summer, the symptoms often worsen in the fall. Separating fact from fiction can help you better protect against them.

There’s no such thing as hypoallergenic pets: While you may see references to hypoallergenic pets being safe for people who suffer from allergies, this is a myth. In fact, any furry pet can cause an allergic outbreak, because it’s the dander that contains the allergens. In the fall, when the windows are closed and the pet begins to grow a thicker coat, you’ll begin to experience a stronger allergic reaction. A hypoallergenic pet is simply one that sheds less fur, which can help in reducing your reactions slightly.

You can outgrow allergies: Parents often cling to this hope for their children, but it’s really not true. While some people do experience fewer outbreaks later in life, the allergies will always exist. The best way to treat your allergies and symptoms is to consult an ENT - ear, nose, and throat - specialist. An ENT physician can recommend lifestyle changes and treatment options to help you reduce outbreaks and symptoms.

Getting rid of trees and shrubbery will reduce allergies: Before you hire a lawn care company to uproot the vegetation on your property, you should be aware that this may not help. While fall allergies are made worse by inhaling pollen, the pollen isn’t necessarily coming from the trees and plants on your property. The wind picks up pollen and can carry it for miles. As it travels in the wind, it attaches itself to the fibers in your clothes and enters your body through your inhalations. Instead of worrying about the flora around your home, a better practice is to shower and change clothes as soon as you get home each day.

A consultation with Dr. J. Scott Robertson can help alleviate your symptoms. A professional medical evaluation can help you understand how your lifestyle choices are affecting your allergic reactions. You may find that stronger medication will alleviate your symptoms. An exam will help Dr. Robertson determine the best way to help you feel better, so you'll be able to enjoy the cooler fall months.