Fall Allergies In Full Swing

Fall Allergies In Full Swing

WICHITA FALLS, TX - If you've been suffering from spring allergies, your symptoms may get even worse. Fall allergies are back.

Dr. Cameron Godfrey with Head and Neck Associates in Wichita Falls says ragweed has been worse this year than in years past. The reason is because of the rain we saw earlier this year coupled with a mild summer.

Sometimes it could be hard to differentiate between allergies and a cold. Dr. Godfrey says if you have a fever or a bad cough, it's probably not your allergies.

However, if it is your allergies there are some tips that could help provide some relief

"If you're at the park all day or the soccer fields all day, when you come in you're covered in ragweed," Dr. Godfrey said. "If you go lay on the bed or lay on the couch and don't wash off and take a shower, then you've got the ragweed all day long.  You go lay in bed and you inhale it all night."

Dr. Godfrey recommends over the counter medicines like Flonase or Nasacort AQ rather than taking antihistamines.

"Over the counter medicines are better than they've ever been, especially because of Flonase and Nasacort AQ now are sold over the counter and that happened a couple months ago,"  Dr. Godfrey said.

Dr. Godfrey also says local honey could help with allergy-like symptoms.

Ragweed will continue to be a problem until the first freeze.