NEW HAVEN, Conn., (WTNH) – When we think of fall, we think of pumpkin spice football and falling leaves. But for 23 million Americans, the change of season also means fall allergies. Ragweed pollen is one of the major culprits of this, frustrating us with symptoms like itchy eyes.
Dr. Tessa Sokol joins Connecticut’s Morning Buzz Reporter Jillian Andrews, with information about seasonal allergies and helpful advice.

First, Dr. Sokol discusses why fall allergies are just as common as spring allergies. She explains, “Fall allergies are terrible. Ragweed is the primary culprit, and with its very, very lightweight pollen, if you have it combined with the dry, windy air that we get in the fall, it is just blown all over the place and millions of people are suffering from it.”  

She says, “People experience itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing. There are common fall allergens that can trigger symptoms. In addition to Ragweed, which is the most prevalent, there are also grasses, and then when the leaves fall, there can be molds that form on them. There are indoor allergens, too, like pet dander.”

Watch this interview as Dr. Sokol answers the following questions:

  • How can we differentiate between allergies or the beginning of a cold or the flu?
  • Do you have any tips on how people can be proactive in managing their allergy symptoms or your eyes specifically?
  • What is Extra Strength Pataday, and where can I find it?
  • Does it require a prescription?
  • How long does provide relief from itchy eyes?

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