ragweedSummer is coming to a close. The kids are heading back to school, the days are starting to get a little shorter and the allergens in the air are starting to decrease...right? Wrong. Ragweed pollen is the most common of all allergens in the air during the late summer and early fall months. Ragweed affects 85 percent of allergy sufferers in the United States, meaning it may be even more misery inducing than pollen in the spring! One of the reasons ragweed allergens can be so troublesome for allergy sufferers is because it permeates the atmosphere in a higher capacity than any one pollen does in the spring. Because of this, avoiding ragweed as a means of symptom relief is practically impossible.  This year, ragweed is predicted to be especially bad as a result of the weather extremes this past winter. Even if you’d never had troubles with ragweed allergies before, you may experience some symptoms this fall. Below we have listed ways you can identify fall allergy symptoms. Identifying Fall AllergiesSymptoms felt from fall allergens are very similar to other nasal allergy symptoms felt throughout the year. They include:

  • sinus pressure or facial pain
  • runny nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • sneezing
  • sore, scratchy throat
  • coughing or wheezing

Some allergy sufferers may even experience contact dermatitis, or a itchy rash made up of small bumps and blisters. Fall allergy symptoms may even be confused for a cold or sinus infection, especially if you’ve never experienced allergy symptoms before. But there are a few telltale ways you can figure other whether or not your symptoms are caused by a cold or allergies. Just because ragweed and other fall allergens are hard to avoid, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Check back with the blog later in the week - we’ll be sharing ways you can combat the symptoms of fall allergies and fight fall allergens in your home.