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Allergies – Not Just a Spring Condition

19 Sep 13

Fall-Allergy-TestingAs we move toward fall, people who have been suffering from allergies may be breathing a sigh of relief that their suffering from blooming plants in the spring and summer is over. Be aware, the fall season has its own set of allergy triggers, which while different than those of spring and summer, can cause just as many symptoms.

Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. Though the yellow-flowering weed usually starts releasing pollen in August, it can last into September and October. About three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed. Even if ragweed doesn’t grow where you live, it can still travel for hundreds of miles on the wind.

Mold is another fall trigger. You may think of mold growing in your basement or bathroom – damp areas in the house – but mold spores also love wet spots outside. Piles of damp leaves from the falling leaves of fall are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Allergy Symptoms 

The most common allergy symptoms include –

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Diagnosis for Fall Allergies 

Innovative Health and Wellness can find out exactly what’s causing your watery, itchy eyes and runny nose with our in-house allergy testing. We’ll talk to you about your medical history and symptoms, and utilize a skin test which is the gold standard in allergy testing.

With our skin test, we place a tiny amount of the allergen on your skin — usually on your back or forearm — and then prick or scratch the skin underneath. If you’re allergic to the allergan, you’ll get a small, raised bump that itches like a mosquito bite.

Once a diagnosis is made of what allergans are causing your problem, we will then develop a treatment plan to stop your symptoms.

For more information on allergy testing in our Woodstock office – Click Here

To schedule your consultation at Innovative Health and Wellness in Woodstock call our office at 770-926-4646 or use the “Contact Us” feature on our website.

 

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