5 things to know about fall allergies



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Fall allergies are coming, be prepared.

Fall allergies are expected to be worse for sufferers this year thanks to hotter, muggier weather that will create a bumper crop for fall allergens.

1. Mold spores and weed pollen

While most assign allergies to spring, fall allergies can be just as horrible but are more obscure. Dr. Jeffrey Culp, an allergist with Wilmington Health, said spring allergens include tree and grass pollen while fall sufferers struggle with mold and weeds. A secondary fall allergy can also be dust mites. As the humidity increases, dust mites can reproduce, Culp said, which is why few dust mites exist in arid places like Arizona. Weed pollen start to crank up around Aug. 15 and last through October, with the biggest weed pollen being ragweed.

2. Sometimes misdiagnosed

Culp said people can often miss fall allergies because they experience nasal congestion and just pass it off as children going back to school and picking up cold bugs.

Others chalk up ragweed and mold allergies to other possible irritants. For example, Culp said patients who see allergy symptoms after cutting the grass year-round are probably allergic to the mold in the grass rather than the grass itself. When…