FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Fall allergy season has settled over the Kansas City area and unfortunately, there is little residents can do to stop it.
Experts say, being that fall is near, people who suffer from both mold and weed pollen are getting hit on two allergenic fronts. That’s because grass and mold pollen is still lingering from the summer and ragweed is now entering the mix.
Kansas City is in the heart of the ragweed range for the United States and the current weather is perfect for pollen production.
And, while residents can do little to stop it, there are a couple things that can provide some relief.
Doctors say to try things like regularly changing the furnace filters, not driving down major highways with the windows open and keeping windows closed when at home.
They also say high pollen counts occur more in the morning. So, for those going to go for a walk, they advise going in the afternoon or early evening opposed to the morning.
For those who spend time outside, doctors also advise taking a shower when coming back inside to clean out pollen that could be in a person’s hair.
Using medication on a more consistent basis is also suggested, as opposed to only taking medication when allergies are out of hand.
“The nose spray, the nasal steroids are available over the counter. First line therapy for allergic vineitis. Some are also approved for allergy eye symptoms. We also have the oral antihistamines that are over the counter. This has created an environment where patients can treat their own allergies at a much less costly expense than previously,” Allergist Dr. Selina Gierer said.
Gierer says there is another reason for late summer being a double whammy for allergy sufferers.
“Kids are back in school and they’re bringing home different things,” Gierer said. “So now on top of the fall allergies, which bring you congestion, stuffy nose, and sore throats, but now it’s confounded with infections that either your kids are bringing home or you’re just being exposed to more infections that are more predominant around fall.”
Doctors say relief is not expected until October, when the first solid frost arrives.
For those who suffer greatly from allergies, doctors recommend limiting time outdoors.