Expert Tips for Fall Allergy Relief

Publish Date August 31, 2023
Author Olivia Kinney, PharmD, MS

Fall can be one of the worst times of year for seasonal allergies. If you know autumn brings sneezing, itchy eyes or congestion, it can be a good idea to proactively start taking an antihistamine now — even before symptoms begin. Our pharmacist Olivia Kinney shares some additional tips and insights into why fall spells seasonal allergy suffering — and what you can do about it.

Know Your Triggers

Olivia says the pollen from ragweed (as well as tumbleweed) is the main culprit for most fall allergies. Cool nights and warm days allow this extremely lightweight pollen to thrive — and travel for miles on even mild breezes.

Check Pollen Counts

Many weather apps provide information on high pollen counts. When they’re high, consider taking a shower and changing clothes after being outside, as well as washing bedding and towels weekly. “Using an air purifier and changing the furnace filter can also help,” Olivia advises.

Treat the Symptoms

“Luckily, over-the-counter medications are well-studied and proven to improve allergy symptoms,” says Olivia. Antihistamines are a fast-action option. “Nasal sprays can be even faster and are often a preferred choice.” Talk to one of our pharmacists for help getting the best treatment plan for your symptoms. “And don’t be afraid of generics — in many cases, they have the exact same active ingredients as name brands,” explains Olivia.

Care for Kiddos

Did you know about 14 million kids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with seasonal allergies? That’s according to 2021 data from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Ask our pharmacists about children’s over-the-counter medications that can help calm their symptoms.