(KPLC) – The smell of pumpkin spice, football and tailgating: Fall is definitely in the air. Unfortunately, so is ragweed, the biggest allergy trigger of the season.
Dr. Bridget Loehn with ENT & Allergy Clinic in Lake Charles, Louisiana says fall allergy triggers are different than the blooms of spring and summer.
Still, they can be just as brutal.
“Right now, the fall allergens are terrible,” says Dr. Loehn. “Weed season is in bloom right now with the ragweed and all of the pollens that have been really high in the air.”
If you are allergic to ragweed, you are all too familiar with the snotty symptoms.
“A lot of nasal congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, stopped up ears,” says Dr. Loehn.
Over-the-counter daily allergy medications like Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin can help manage the symptoms. It is also important to clear your nasal passages of the allergens with a saline rinse.