NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) – Warm temperatures have ragweed flourishing in the wild. An ominous sign for allergy sufferers.
“This is a bad one, ” a bad fall allergy season says specialist Dr. Richard Weiss with Connecticut ENT Sinus and Allergy.
“Ragweed is continuing to grow — so as long as it’s growing and those plants are getting bigger – there’s going to be more pollen. The wind blows them around. People are going to get more allergy symptoms this fall.”
Patients like John Guaglione suffers every year.
“I feel this puffiness in my eyes and I experience fatigue. Everything is up — the weeds, the tree pollen,” Guaglione said.
Guaglione relies on allergy drops.The customized cocktail – based on his allergy testing and symptoms- brings relief.
“It’s every three months,” says John, “They test you again, they up the strength on it so you’re actually building up your immune system I guess and it fights off the normal allergies.”
Studies show the tailored made treatment is indeed effective.
“We’re seeing more and more evidence that allergy drops are as effective as shots – some of the pharmaceutical companies are getting into the act — they are actually coming out with different pills for different allergies,” said Dr. Weiss.
For patients with milder allergies, Weiss suggests keeping the A/C going and windows closed.
“People think the fall is here, and we open the windows, get that fresh air in, and that’s probably the wrong thing to do if you’re an allergic patient,” Weiss said.
And, if you’re doing a lot of yard work, Weiss suggests leaving your outdoor clothing outside. Pollen and mold spores attach to fabric and they could be brought in your home.
Weiss recommends taking over the counter medication early before symptoms begin.
Relief from fall allergies will likely not begin until that first frost.