Health Watch — Fall: Allergies

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about fall and the health concerns it can bring with it. The colorful leaves falling from trees are such a big part of autumn, but they can mean woe for allergy sufferers when they develop mold as they lie on the ground. Then there’s the dust that gets stirred up when you turn on the heater for the first time in months. Not to mention the ragweed that can linger in the air until the first frost.

Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the right medication can help you survive the fall allergy season. Decongestants will help with the stuffiness allergies can cause, but don’t address other allergy symptoms, such as sniffling, sneezing, runny nose or itchy eyes. Those are treated with antihistamines. Prescription antihistamines are more powerful and may cause less drowsiness than those you can buy over the counter.



October 2007

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