Allergies Happen in the Fall, Too!

healthcare and medicine concept - ill man with paper tissue in autumn parkIf you have allergies in the warmer months, you may be happy that the chillier months are just ahead – that will provide some relief from allergies, right? However, unfortunately, fall allergies can be just as bad as spring allergies. You can always make an appointment with Dr. Katayoun Motlagh for help, but in the meantime, here are some tips to deal with this annoying problem! 

What exactly are allergies?

One thing you should know about allergies is that you can suddenly develop them, even if you’ve never had them before. Clues that you may have allergies are headaches, itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and a general feeling of being miserable. You may also suddenly start snoring, or snore more than you used to. 

Allergens, such as ragweed, dust, pet dander, and mold spores, can get into the body via the nose or eyes, and the body sees them as harmful. To fight them, the body increases blood flow and releases inflammatory molecules. This results in swollen nasal passages, which can lead to a stuffy nose, that feeling that your sinuses are blocked, and swollen blood vessels in the eyes, which can make eyes red and itchy. 

What can you do about allergies?

If your main strategy to avoid allergies is to stay inside, make sure your home is as allergen-free as possible:  

  • Vacuum often, dust thoroughly, and wash bedding frequently to get rid of as much dust and other allergens as possible. Don’t forget to vacuum in corners and under the bed, where dust can easily hide!
  • Get an air purifier for your bedroom to help reduce allergens.

You can also try:

  • Sleeping with an extra pillow to elevate your head to help keep your sinuses clear
  • A humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. Moisture can break up the mucus in your nose, help you to sleep better, and can also help if you often wake up with a dry throat.

If you’ve tried everything and your fall allergies just won’t stop, it may be time to visit your doctor for help. Make an appointment for allergy relief with Katayoun Motlagh, MD. Call the Palmdale office at (661) 947-6400 today!

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