Fall allergies

Ah-choo! Fall allergies may be lurking

For some people, when the weather starts to turn cooler, their first reaction might be to sneeze. That’s because they’re susceptible to fall allergies.

Just like in spring and summer, allergies can strike when leaves change color. Health experts say ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. About 75 percent of people allergic to spring plants also have reaction to ragweed.

Ragweed can travel hundreds of miles in the wind. For some people who are allergic to ragweed, certain fruits and vegetables, including bananas, melon and zucchini can also cause symptoms.

Mold and dust mites could be be other irritants. Piles of damp leaves contain plenty of mold. Dust mites can get stirred the first time you turn on the heat in your home.

Not everyone who has allergies needs a specialist. At Signature Medical Group, our primary care doctors and pediatricians can help treat you or your child’s mild symptoms.

But if those symptoms turn more serious, Signature has allergists and immunologists ready to help you. We are dedicated to providing the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma and allergy-related conditions. We treat conditions related to or caused by foods, environmental factors (such as ragweed or pollen), medications or topical substances.

We offer thorough evaluations in a family friendly environment. Call today to make your appointment with a Signature Medical Group doctor.