As the summer season has now fully transitioned into fall, a number of notable changes come along with it.
With over 60 million reported Americans suffering from common allergy symptoms on a yearly basis, the fall season can bring in some of the harshest seasonal allergies we can be forced to endure.
Our Weslaco balloon sinuplasty specialist at the Glatz Group explains some of the main causes of fall allergies in today’s blog, bringing awareness to some of the possible solutions to help relieve symptoms in the long run.
Common Fall Allergy Symptoms
Dealing with seasonal allergies can leave us feeling irritated and annoyed. They tend to creep up during the most unexpected instances and can even affect the way we perform our respective day-to-day duties.
Some of the most common fall allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy/runny noses
- Irritated eyes
- Heavy sneezing
- Congested nose
- Watery eyes
- Dark circles
Fall Allergies Most Notable Triggers
Since the weather and environments can drastically change, a lot of unwanted dirt and pollen in the air makes its way into our sinuses, causing irritation.
The most common allergens that affect people in the fall include the following:
- Ragweed Pollen – One of the most common reported causes, a single ragweed plant can produce over 1 billion grains of pollen that can travel hundreds of miles through the air. Pollination tends to last between mid-September through October, and it affects 75 percent of people that also suffer from springtime allergies.
- Mold – This year-round culprit can develop inside the damper areas within your home such as the restrooms and basements, and in outside areas like damp piles of leaves and composite piles.
- Dust Mites – These microscopic arthropods tend to hide in moist, humid areas. If you don’t replace air conditioner filters when necessary, they begin to grow and spread around your household.
- Pets – Pet dander/fur around the household is another huge fall allergen. While we all love our furry little creatures, they leave behind a lot of irritating elements that trigger allergies to those that may be extra-sensitive to them.
Fall Allergy Treatment Methods
There are many different options when it comes to allergy relief that are both short-term and long-term.
Some short-term over-the-counter medications that will maintain allergy relief for a few days include oral antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants.
If any of these short-term options don’t work for you, you may consider looking into nasal surgery such as balloon sinuplasty to provide long-term relief.
To accurately find out what specific treatment is suitable to treat your case, consult with our Weslaco otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank R. Glatz, at the Glatz Group to properly recommend medication and/or services based upon your needs.
Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective procedure that is designed to slightly alter the affected sinus passageways and help them drain better without needing to remove any bone or tissue.
It is usually performed on those who suffer from severe cases of chronic sinusitis–which include similar symptoms to the ones mentioned earlier–and is a relatively quick procedure that can be administered by our trusted ENT in our Weslaco office.
A balloon sinuplasty is effective at opening up your nasal passages, creating enough space for them to properly drain and avoid developing sinus infections caused by fall season allergens.
In order to determine if your symptoms qualify for a balloon sinuplasty, schedule a consultation with our Weslaco sinus relief specialists of the Glatz Group today.
For all of your fall allergy relief needs, contact us now at (956) 631-2957. You’ll be Glatz you did!