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Fall allergies are here, how to keep them under control


It's a pesky problem people of all ages are dealing with as the weather changes: allergies.

For many people, October means stocking up on tissues and allergy medicine.

That's especially true if you have a mold allergy. Experts say mold can actually collect in the leaves that fall on the ground. Unlike pollens like you get in the spring, mold doesn't go away with the first frost.

Another one of the big allergies is ragweed. Allergists say it will likely be extra high this fall.

The up in allergies is thanks in large part, according to experts, to the harsh winter. It pushed back the seasons, making fall allergies last longer.

One mother of a son with fall allergies said she'll handle them as they come.

"He knows whenever his eyes are watering and his nose is running, he sneezes, sneezes, sneezes. So, if we forget Claritin one night we know the next day that we forgot it and we have to give it the next morning." Gretchen Birnberger said.

Here are some tips to make fall allergies more bearable.

  • Avoid going outdoors
  • Keep your windows closed
  • Keep mold away from your house and make sure there are no damp areas
  • Clean the house, especially the bedroom, but be sure to wear a mask

As far as allergy medicines go, there are lots of over-the-counter options. According to Consumer Reports, some of the most popular ones are Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin.

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