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Fall Is Here…And So Are Your Allergies

This week kicks off Fall, and with that comes apple picking, football, and so many outdoor activities, but are your allergies keeping you inside and away from the fun? Ragweed is a MAJOR contributor to Fall allergies and hay fever, nearly 1 in every 5 people have symptoms. Ragweed is a type of flowering plant that produces one billion pollen grains per average season, traveling up to 400 miles due to its lightweight nature. Ragweed and other common weeds are most prevalent from August through October and are a large cause of fall allergies.

When exposed to ragweed, allergy sufferers often experience sneezing, runny noses, and swollen, itchy, watery eyes. These symptoms can have a major impact on a person’s daily life, including the ability to get a good nights’ rest and function well at school or work. Ragweed, in addition to other fall allergies, can also cause sinus issues, including reoccurring infections and flares of asthma, breathing difficulties such as a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty with exercise.

Up to 70 percent of those with pollen allergies experience unpleasant reactions after eating certain foods. In a food-pollen allergy, the primary problem is the pollen, not the food itself. The body’s immune system recognizes and essentially mistakes a plant protein in the food for pollen, and this irritant triggers what allergy specialists call a cross-reaction. These all contain similar proteins to ragweed pollen proteins and can worsen your symptoms.

  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Artichoke
  • Teas of Echinacea, chamomile, and hibiscus
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Celery
  • Strawberry
  • Cherries

Take control of your life today and visit the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, we can treat allergies with immunotherapy or allergy shots, which can provide a cure for your symptoms and chronic problems. Let our family, take care of yours!

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