The beginning of new seasons brings lots of welcome changes. The beginning of fall for a lot of Americans, though, brings about a new round of allergies.

Why is that, and what can you do to lessen those pesky symptoms? Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care TN provides some answers.

What Are the Biggest Causes of Fall Allergies?

Experts say that the presence of ragweed and mold is the biggest cause of allergies during the fall months. Ragweed can pollinate for hundreds of miles due to fall winds, and mold grows at a higher rate later in the year due to increased rain and more leaf piles.

Ragweed and mold don’t affect everyone, though. If you are unsure what causes your sinuses to act up in the fall, make an appointment with your local allergist.

Common Fall Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Throat and chest congestion

How Do I Deal With My Allergy Symptoms?

The quickest fixes can come from using either over-the-counter or prescription-strength decongestants, antihistamines or nasal sprays. However, even though these types of allergy medications work fairly well for most, they can be pricy.

Some cheaper and practical ways to lessen your allergy symptoms are by monitoring the pollen count, managing your stress levels, cleaning your indoor space more frequently and bathing more often. Changing your diet and staying hydrated are also huge helps in reducing allergy symptoms.

What to Do If Your Allergy Symptoms Become Unbearable

  • Determine if it’s really allergies by visiting your doctor or allergist.
  • Wear a mask when doing outdoor chores.
  • Consider getting allergy shots.
  • Make sure your windows are closed at all times.
  • Purchase an air dehumidifier.

Don’t let allergies ruin your fun this fall! Visit us today at one of our AFC Urgent Care TN locations if you need some relief.