EYE ON HEALTH: Fighting fall allergies
This is a great time to get outdoors and ride bikes or simply enjoy time in the park. But it also means fighting fall allergies for a lot of people, here in the Tennessee Valley.
Local mom Misty Heinsman says, "Just the itchy eyes right now and I think it's from the ragweed, that's the only things I can say that it is from."
Misty isn't alone. Medical experts say seasonal allergies, including fall allergies affect nearly 35 million people across the country.
Some common allergy symptoms are runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.
Dr. Susan Raschal with Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care says, "Weeds are a real problem, ragweed in particular. It is probably the one that travels the furthest."
Dr. Raschal says ragweed is carried up to 400 miles by the wind.
Dr. Raschal says, "The weeds that are pollinating in Memphis, or Knoxville, or Georgia, we may be breathing in the same weeds which is pretty remarkable."
Dr. Raschal says while over the counter medications may help some, others need more permanent relief.
Dr. Raschal says, "One of those is going to be allergy shots, allergy drops, and there is a medicine called Ragwitek which is a tablet that dissolves under the tongue."
If you are battling fall allergies, keep these precautions in mind: use a face mask outside especially from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on windy days, shower and wash your hair frequently, and keep your windows closed.
Dr. Raschal says, "The key is avoiding those things, making sure your symptoms are under control."
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