Talking Allergies with Dr. David Redding
Spring and summer blooms are over so why are you still sneezing? Pollen doesn’t stop at Labor Day! The culprit may be fall and winter allergens such as ragweed, mold and dust. The CDC reports that over 50 million Americans suffer annually from allergies. Almost 75% of people that have reactions to allergens in the spring, also have a reaction in the fall and winter.
There are 17 species of ragweed in the US (and pollen can travel hundreds of miles) and one plant can release 1 billion grains of pollen. Recent studies have shown that increased temperatures have extended the fall allergy season. It may not seem that allergies are not that serious at first blush, but allergy problems can greatly affect the quality of life in terms of sleep, work and school productivity.
Colds are also common during fall and winter months, but many people do not know how to distinguish between a cold and allergies. Dr. David Redding, a board-certified allergist, who has been featured on the Weather Channel and TLC joins us to discuss the triggers and treatments of fall and winter allergies.
Dr. David Redding, MD, Redding Allergy Center