Cold Symptoms in the Fall

Fall is here and with it comes alot of confusion regarding the sneezing, stuffy nose, nasal congestion or runny nose you may be experiencing. What you may think is a cold symptom or virus could actually be allergies.

Typical allegy symptoms can include the above mentioned symptoms in addition to secondary symptoms such as itchy eyes, sore throat, itchy ears, and feeling tired most of the time. One thing to think about is if you tend to have allergies in the spring to plants that pollinate, then you are probably allergic to ragweed as well. Even if it doesn’t grow where you live, Ragweed pollen can still travel for hundreds of miles on the wind.

Mold allergies are also an issue in the Fall. Wet fallen leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold, and when leaves are raked or moved the mold spores fly through the air. Dust mites are another reason you may have symptoms. The first time you turn on your heat, they can get stirred into the air.

If you don’t have a history of allergies, your doctor can help find out what is causing your symptoms. He may recommend a skin test, to rule out allergies. Whatever the cause of your sneezing, stuffy nose or nasal congestion, over the counter relief is available. Check out steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines and decongestants. Don’t underestimate your symptoms though, as you could have a cold or sinus infection too. If your symptoms have not been relieved within 3 days, a visit to your doctor is recommended as they can detect the difference between the two.

If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can find a list of them here.