Medical Mondays: Managing Fall Allergies

UC Health Allergy & Sinus is part of the Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) program. For the fifth year in a row, UC Health’s ENT program was ranked in the top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Today, Dr. Alfred Sassler shares some tips on identifying and managing fall allergies.

Q: With the weather change, how do we know if it’s fall allergies or a cold?

You’ll get similar symptoms, but maybe also some muscle aches. A viral upper respiratory infection, or cold, will have kind of an evolution where you get it, it gets a little worse in a couple days, and then it starts getting better and it goes away by about 10 days. If that’s the pattern, it’s probably a cold, and not allergies.

Q: What are some key tips to preventing, or managing, fall allergy symptoms?

A: Pollen counts – if you’re sensitive to pollens – tends to be higher in the morning hours, from sunup to midday. Mold counts, in a rough sort of a way, tend to be higher in the afternoons, so adjust your outdoor tasks accordingly. Those simple things can make a big difference.

To learn more or find an allergy specialist, visit UCHealth.com or call 513-475-8400.

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