The Different Types of Fall Allergies

While sniffles and sneezing are usually associated with spring allergies, the crisp autumn season presents its own suite of allergens that leaves millions of people suffering from watery eyes, scratchy throats, and other unpleasant symptoms. 

Don’t let your fall allergies get the best of you. Take a moment as Dr. James Andrews at A Younger Look Wellness & Laser Center fills you in about fall allergies, including why some people don’t get them, and how to fight back against your symptoms. 

What, exactly, are allergies? 

Allergies, when used in the sense of seasonal allergies, is an umbrella term that refers to a multiple symptoms that develop in response to environmental triggers. The medical term for allergies is allergic rhinitis, and it’s extremely common — if you don’t have firsthand experience with the symptoms, chances are someone close to you does. 

Allergies, no matter what time of year, usually come along with these symptoms: 

In severe cases, allergies can lead to skin rashes, swelling of the tongue and throat, cramps, and mental confusion or dizziness.

What are the different types of fall allergies? 

Fall allergies tend to arise from similar triggers as the more common spring allergies. The most common triggers for fall allergies include ragweed pollen, mold, mildew, and pet dander. 

About 75% of people with allergies to springtime pollen also have allergies to ragweed, so if you feel like your allergies hardly subside, you probably aren’t wrong. Additionally, if allergens like mold, mildew, and pet dander are present in your home, it can make you feel as if you have allergies all year long.

Why do some people get fall allergies and others don’t? 

Allergic rhinitis is an immune response. All those annoying symptoms are the result of your body fighting back against what it sees as a foreign object (an allergen). People respond to allergens differently, even people who are related. 

For example, you may experience spring allergies in response to grass pollen, while your sibling fares fine in the spring. But come fall, your sibling may flare up in response to ragweed pollen, while you revel in clear sinuses. 

How do you prevent and treat fall allergies?

The only real way to prevent fall allergies is to know what your allergens are and then avoid them. You may want to try: 

If you don’t already know what your allergy triggers are, you should see an allergist or immunologist. Your doctor can perform a variety of allergy tests to find out which allergens produce a reaction. Then, you can plan for fall. 

Treating allergies often involves over-the-counter antihistamines, such as Zyrtec®, Allegra®, and Benadryl®. If your allergies are severe, however, Dr. Andrews may prescribe an allergy medication for you. 

To learn more about treatment for fall allergies at A Younger Look Wellness & Laser Center, or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Andrews’ office at 408-686-4997 or send the team a message here on their website.

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