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Summer is Actually the Perfect Time to Think About Fall Allergies

Santa Monica, CA-

You hear the words, “fall allergies” and “ragweed season” and you want to run as fast as possible in the other direction. You’d rather the thoughts of itchy eyes, sneezing and sniffling didn’t intrude on summer picnics and lounging by the pool.

“Thinking ahead to when fall allergy symptoms start can save you a lot of suffering down the road,” says allergist Dr. Bernard Geller, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group. “Many people who suffer from fall allergies aren’t aware they need to start taking their medications about two weeks before their symptoms normally start. And since ragweed can begin to bloom in mid-August in some regions of the country, that means starting medications in early August.”

Ragweed, the biggest allergy trigger in the fall, usually starts releasing its pollen with cooler nights and warm days in August. It can last into September and October when the first frost hits, which is why it is a major contributor to fall allergies. If you suffer from spring allergies, there’s a good chance you also suffer from fall allergies.

“A single ragweed plant can release one million pollen grains in one day,” says Dr. Geller. “Because wind can carry ragweed up to 100 miles from its source, windy days can heighten the intensity of allergy symptoms.” Dr. Geller points out that mold also contributes to fall allergy symptoms and says that mold spores are everywhere in the fall, and can outnumber ragweed grains in the air – even when pollen season is at its worst.

But allergy symptoms don’t have to ruin your fall fun. Here are some tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to keep in mind as summer winds down and fall makes its appearance:

Allergists are trained to identify your allergies and provide a personal treatment plan. They can also provide immunotherapy – allergy shots – which targets your exact triggers and can greatly reduce the severity of your symptoms. Allergy shots can also prevent the development of asthma in some children with seasonal allergies.

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Dora Afrahim, MPAP, PA-C

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group

Dora Afrahim, PA-C Dora Afrahim is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then received her Master's degree from Keck School of Medicine USC. Her training includes general medicine as well as diagnosing and developing individualized treatment plans for patients who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Dora is a Southern California native and was inspired to specialize in Allergy & Immunology by her desire to help improve her patient’s quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling and volunteering.

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