Allergy Triggers And Treatments

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Story Updated: Aug 29, 2013

As the calendar changes, so too do the seasonal allergy triggers.

We say goodbye to the sniffles and sneezes brought on by flowers and grass and hello to ragweed pollen and molds.

Ragweed pollen is the biggest culprit right now and 75 percent of spring & summer allergy sufferers react to fall allergens as well.

It's important to treat allergies before the symptoms hit or pay the price.

"Sinus infections, ear infections, I get the really bad puffy eyes," said Krystal Mitchell.

Mitchell sees local allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury. 

He says this year isn't as severe as last, but with the peak for weed pollen this weekend, avoiding the outdoors in the morning hours and using air conditioning instead of opened windows is a good defense.

"Each ragweed can send about a billion pollen grains in the air so they start sending a little bit and then they start sending more and more. It peaks this time of year," said Dr. Khoury.

Treatments include antihistamines.

Several, such as Zyrtec, are available over the counter.

There are also prescription steroidal nasal sprays. 

Khoury says using a nasal saline wash is also a good idea.

"By washing it out, it's decreasing the contact time with your nose and it also relieves some of the symptoms," he said.

Fall allergies typically run until the first hard frost occurs.

When the heat comes on, indoor allergens like dust and mold spores are waiting their turn.

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