15 Oct Fall Allergies
Fall allergies are here! This time of the year is about enjoying the cooler weather and spending time with loved ones, but along with it comes fall allergies. From environmental allergens to food allergies, it’s important to know what to look out for throughout the autumn season.
Fall Environmental Allergens in Houston
The fall season causes different types of plant pollination than in the spring and summer. During this period of the pollination phase, you can expect more weed pollination than at other points in the year. Ragweed, a common weed found all over the United States and in Houston, is a top contributor to fall allergies. This plant can be found in marshes, beaches, roadsides, gardens, and fields. Ragweed is also a common cause of allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.
To help avoid a reaction from ragweed during the fall, check the pollen counts daily and try to go outside when the pollen counts are lower. Remove your outside clothes when you get home and try to shower as soon as you can to remove any pollen that may be left on your body. Wash all linens and vacuum carpet and upholstery regularly.
Read more about pollen and allergens in Houston here.
Fall Season & Food Allergies
With Halloween and Thanksgiving approaching, it’s important to be mindful of any foods that could cause a reaction for you or a loved one. For children, inspect and read all food labels on candy before you allow them to eat any sweet treats. When visiting someone else’s home for fall gatherings, ask the host what ingredients were used in the meal, or let them know ahead of time of any food allergies you or a loved one may have. If you feel more comfortable, don’t hesitate to bring your own food that is allergen-free as a backup plan.
Determining Sensitivities Through Testing
If your fall allergies continue to worsen, we recommend an allergy test to determine your sensitivities. We provide comprehensive allergy testing to pinpoint allergy irritants through skin or blood tests. Once reactants are identified, our Board-Certified Allergists can formulate a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are struggling with seasonal allergies and need relief, contact our team at McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic today. Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online. https://mcgovernallergy.com/request-an-appointment-online/