Fighting fall allergies
12
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


SPRING OR SUMMER, BUT FALL ALLERGIES ARE ALSO COMMON. AND THE SYMPTOMS THIS TIME OF YEAR CAN BE JUST AS SEVERE. IN TONIGHT’S HEALTHBEAT, KELOLAND’S KELLI VOLK TELLS YOU WHAT’S CAUSING THEM AND WHAT YOU CAN DO. FALL IS USUALLY THOUGHT OF AS A PRETTY TIME OF YEAR. BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS PLEASANT IF YOU SUFFER FROM FALL ALLERGIES. “I’LL SOMETIMES EXPERIENCE HEADACHES RIGHT IN MY FOREHEAD, IN MY SINUSES I’LL FEEL THAT PRESSURE. A LOT OF RUNNY NOSE, COUGHING, SOMETIMES SNEEZING EVEN,” SCHMOLL SAID. FORTUNATELY, THOSE ARE SYMPTOMS OF THE PAST FOR CHELSEA SCHMOLL. THE SIOUX FALLS WOMAN UNDERWENT TESTING AND FOUND OUT SHE SUFFERS FROM FALL ALLERGIES. ONE OF THE CULPRITS IS RAGWEED. “WEEDS ARE MOSTLY WHAT CONSTITUTE FALL ALLERGIES AND SOME MOLDS AS WELL,” PATEL SAID. DR. NIKKI PATEL WITH SANFORD HEALTH SAYS SOME MAY CONFUSE THE SYMPTOMS OF FALL ALLERGIES WITH THE COMMON COLD. THAT’S WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO SEE IF YOU COULD BE SUFFERING FROM THE SEASON. “I DO HAVE A LOT OF PATIENTS THAT COME IN AND ONE OF THE FIRST QUESTIONS I LIKE TO ASK IS, ‘HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SUFFERING?’ I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY PATIENTS WILL STOP AND PAUSE AND THINK AND THEY’LL EITHER SAY THEIR WHOLE LIFE OR YEARS,” PATEL SAID. IF SCHMOLL HADN’T TAKEN THAT STEP, THE SEASON KNOWN FOR ITS VARIETY OF COLORS MAY NOT BE SO PRETTY. “I’D PROBABLY BE PRETTY MISERABLE HONESTLY,” SCHMOLL SAID. WITH HEALTHBEAT, I’M KELLI VOLK. THE TWINS SAW THEIR HISTORIC SEASON COME TO A FAMILIAR


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