Fall allergy season is here
Posted on 10/12/2015 10:57:00 AM.
Fall is definitely in the air and so are allergies.  LSU Health Sciences Center Professor, Dr. Sanjay Kamboj, says ragweed is, by far, the biggest allergy trigger of the season.  

He says ragweed plants produce a lot of pollen as autumn gets underway.
"Actually one plant can produce up to billions of pollen and they are mainly responsible for fall allergies."

Kamboj says they are seeing an increase of patients coming in for allergy problems than in years past.  He says warm temperatures and high humidity levels help increase pollen production so Louisiana can have a longer pollen season compared to other parts of the country.  Kamboj says if you're allergic to ragweed, you are quite familiar with the symptoms.

"Patients can have blocked nose or runny nose, sinus congestion, post nasal drip, watery eyes, and some people can even have itching of the skin."

He says over-the-counter allergy medications, such as Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin, can help manage symptoms and it's also important to rinse nasal passages with a saline rinse.  Kamboj says pollen production peaks daily between 9 and 11AM so it's important to avoid contact at that time.

"So don't try to get fresh air, don't open your windows in the morning.  If they have to drive, drive with the windows closed, AC on.  Stay inside and try not to do yardwork, wear a mask." 
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