If you or your kids experience fall allergies, you are not alone. The most common culprit for causing fall allergies is ragweed, a plant that grows wild all over, but especially the East Coast and Midwest.

Ragweed blooms and releases pollen from August to November. A rainy spring can also promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold, causing symptoms that last well into the fall.

Here are some tips that can help you minimize allergic reactions:

  • Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season, including fall
  • Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors
  • Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when working in the yard or spending time outdoors, and take appropriate medication beforehand
  • Keep in mind that in spring and summer during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.

A CHKD allergist can help find the source of your kids’ suffering and stop it, not just treat the symptoms. He or she will work with you to devise strategies to avoid triggers, which may include:

  • One or more medications to control symptoms ranging from over-the-counter to prescription medications
  • Customized immunotherapy (allergy shots) to expose your child over time to gradual increments of their allergen, so they learn to tolerate it rather than reacting with sneezing, a stuffy nose or itchy, watery eyes.

For more information or to choose a CHKD doctor for your kids, visit Our Pediatricians or call (757) 668-7500 today.