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Fall Allergies In Full Swing

September 3, 2010, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Fall Allergies In Full Swing
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Don't let this fall-like weather fool you, it's not officially fall yet. But if you have allergies, you probably disagree. 

The fall allergy season is here and will stick around until the first hard freeze.  But there are ways to keep those itchy, watery eyes to a minimum.

These nice cool days are allowing people to get outside and enjoy the weather before winter hits.  But the great outdoors aren't so great when you have allergies.

“The late summer, fall allergens are out and blooming and we're blessed with it every summer and fall. The weeds came out the end of July, early August and molds are really out there full force,” Dr. Mark Bubak with Dakota Asthma and Allergy said.

Ragweed showed up in early August and even if the weed isn't growing in your backyard, you still could be sneezing.

“The weeds and mold spores travel at least 50, 60 miles and I think here in South Dakota you might even get farther with our great winds,” Bubak said.

So if staying inside all day, every day doesn't sound appealing, there's help available to feel your best.  Over-the-counter antihistamines can do the trick. But if they don't, your doctor can prescribe something stronger.

“We hope that they've started their nasal steroids, have their antihistamines on board and if that doesn't work well, we put them on allergy shots to make them less allergic and they do quite better,” Bubak said.

Fall allergy symptoms range from itchy watery eyes to a plugged up nose and allergies can cause asthma symptoms to flare.

“It's important to remember to do things before you know you're gonna have your problems. Allergies come back for your whole lifetime so if you know that you have fall hay fever, you might as well plan and have things on board ready to go,” Bubak said.

If you've never had allergies before in your life, you can develop them as you get older.

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