Fall Allergies: Myth vs. Fact

While spring allergies tend to be the most common, allergy season doesn't end come fall. In fact, fall allergies are extremely common -- and they can make doing your favorite outdoor fall activities miserable. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths surrounding fall allergies that lead people astray. So let's bust a few common fall allergy myths.
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There's no treatment for allergies. One of the biggest misconceptions about allergies is that you simply have to suffer with them and there's no way to treat them. Fortunately, this is not true. Allergy sufferers can have a walk in screening at a local urgent care center to figure out what exactly it is that they're allergic to. If you suffer from fall allergies, ragweed is most likely what triggers your allergy symptoms. But after you know what it is you're allergic to, you can figure out which antihistamines, nasal sprays, and even allergy shots are available to help you. There are plenty of treatment options for allergies -- you just have to find the one that works best for you.


Hay fever doesn't cause an itchy mouth. Another common myth about fall allergies, which are also referred to as hay fever, is that the only symptoms are present in the eyes and nose. However, hay fever can absolutely affect your mouth as well. So if you're experiencing tingling or itching in your mouth, it may be from your allergies. Many people who are allergic to ragweed may experience mouth symptoms if their allergies are severe enough -- the food they eat, like fruits and vegetables, may contain similar pollen. So if your allergies are accompanied by an itchy mouth, it's usually nothing to worry about. But if it persists or impacts your breathing at all, make sure to seek medical attention.


If you don't already have allergies, then you'll never have them. If you haven't suffered from allergies in the past, bad news -- you can still develop allergies later on in life. While it's certainly possible to alleviate allergy symptoms by staying away from allergens, your allergies may develop or worsen over time. So don't think that just because you've never dealt with allergies before you're in the clear. Many people mistake allergies for developing a cold or the flu -- so if you begin to develop allergy-like symptoms, consider getting a walk in screening to test for allergies.


With upper respiratory conditions being the most common diagnoses at urgent cares in 2012, a walk in screening may be just what you need to get your allergies under control. So keep this information in mind and don't let fall allergies get the best of you.