Most people associate seasonal allergies with springtime. But fall can feel just as miserable for people who suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing. And health experts say this fall allergy season could be a particular doozy for the more than 50 million allergy sufferers out there.
Summer weather conditions and continuing warm temperatures into September have led to what doctors call a “perfect storm” for a difficult allergy season. “What we are seeing with this warmer weather pattern is that we are headed for a bumper crop of molds,” Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist and assistant clinical professor at New York University, told Today. “Whenever you have warmer periods mixed with some precipitation, it’s the perfect storm for ragweed, weeds and mold spores.”
Ragweed and mold are the primary triggers for most seasonal allergies, especially in the fall. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 17 species of ragweed exist in the U.S. The weed blooms and releases a fine powder. Peak season runs from August through November.
For that reason, some doctors say they see fall allergy patients earlier each year because of changing climate conditions. Temperatures stay warmer longer and rainy summers make perfect conditions for mold and ragweed booms.