Why Do My Allergies Act Up in the Fall? | AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway

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Our allergy symptoms are supposed to be coming to an end once the fall season rolls around, right? Not necessarily. In fact, the allergy symptoms could just be beginning, as fall is a time when the ragweed and dust mites come out to play!  While Tennessee is definitely a beautiful place to live, we have one of the highest pollen counts in the country, especially in the Knoxville area!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care on Chapman Highway wants you to know ways you can get rid of that troublesome sinus headache, as well as what other symptoms to watch out for when it comes to fall allergies in Knoxville.

Why Do Allergies Get Worse in the Fall?

Weed pollen is common during the late summer and early fall months, especially in the South, which can lead to a diagnosis of hay fever.

Ragweed and sagebrush, especially, can bring about allergy symptoms this time of year, which is why it is important to take action to prevent fall seasonal allergies as best as you can.

Symptoms of Fall Allergies

  • Itchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Itchy skin
  • Upset stomach
  • Clear, runny mucus
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Hives

How Can You Get Rid of a Sinus Headache?

While you might be experiencing the other symptoms of fall allergies, too, it seems like a sinus headache can get you down for the count faster than any other symptom. When you experience a sinus headache, you can feel it in your forehead, around your eyes and even behind your cheekbones or in your teeth.

Try drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, to stay hydrated and using a saline rinse and nasal sprays to help relieve the pressure in the nasal cavities that are causing the headache pain.

Treatment Plan for Fall Allergies

  • Try over the counter (OTC) and prescription nasal spray.
  • Use an OTC antihistamine or decongestant depending on symptoms.
  • Talk to our doctors about allergy shots.
  • Take oral allergy tablets as prescribed.

Is it fall allergies or another illness causing your symptoms? Stop by AFC Urgent Care of Chapman Highway  today for a diagnosis and treatment plan to get to feeling better ASAP!


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Knoxville, TN 37920-6684

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