Fall Allergies

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

Behind the office of the Allergy and Asthma Consultants of Mid-Michigan is a dense forest chock full of vegetation and a specific plant that can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers.

Dr. Ridhu Burton of the AACM says, "There are other weeds that release their pollen too in the fall months. But the major one we do counts of pollen grain are ragweed."

While many allergy sufferers aren't frolicking in a field of weeds, they can still feel the effects of the plants from a distance.

"Classically it's a runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, an itchy nose. Each plant can release up to a billion grains of pollen. And the wind can take those pollen grains up to 400 miles."

And it's best to get treatment as soon as symptoms start. "As we head into the fall season we have higher counts of pollen so that your symptoms will likely continue to get worse."

But relief will come by the time the first frost hits and kills the ragweed. Still by then it's just on to the next culprit, mold allergies.

Over the counter anti-histamines can help alleviate symptoms. But to prevent outbreaks, it's best to take them everyday rather than on an as need basis.


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