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Fighting Fall Allergies

A sneeze-filled change of season

Leaves are already falling and the summer is almost a memory, but autumn brings little relief for many allergy sufferers.  Ragweed pollens have returned, causing trouble for millions of people with allergies.  Even if it does not grow where you live, it can travel hundreds of miles on the wind.  Don’t confuse your allergic reaction with cold symptoms.
 
Colds are caused by viruses while allergies are caused by a person coming into contact with allergens – substances in the environment, like ragweed or mold, that cause an allergic reaction to that particular person.
 
The symptoms of allergies and colds are similar in most people, but there are differences:

  • Fever is common with a cold
  • People suffering from allergies do not have a fever.
  • Cold symptoms usually last 3 – 7 days
  • Allergy symptoms may last an entire season.

Patient First doctors are available to talk about fall allergy symptoms and treatments.  Please contact Taylor Robertson at 804-387-3945 or email taylor.robertson@patientfirst.com for interviews.