Anne Corbitt loves the fall. She loves walking, hiking, camping, and tailgating.
"Sometimes that's been really tough, because of my allergies, because just standing outside can make them happen," Corbitt said.
Since her teens, year-round allergies slowed her down.
In fall, a major culprit was ragweed. In addition, mold spores can often be found on fallen leaves, and as a result, it's very common for people who have year-round allergies to have worsening of their symptoms.
Dr. Alan Redding tells patients that there are some steps they can take that can help. They include the following:
-Buying HEPA air filters.
-Using a saline nasal spray.
-Avoiding raking or bagging leaves if they have a sensitivity to mold, or using a mask
Also, "if they need to work outdoors or spend significant amounts of time outdoors, its best that they do that later in the day," Redding said.
He said these tips may help with mild symptoms, but to see a board-certified allergist if symptoms are more severe, like in Anne's case.
She started on allergy shots almost two years ago. The immunotherapy works by gradually reducing a person's sensitivity to their allergens.
"The shots have been life-changing," Corbitt said.
She can now enjoy all that the season has to offer.
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