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Smart Woman: Fall Allergies

Football, mild weather, the glorious change in leaves nature offers. There's so much to love about the fall. But, millions of people with fall allergies tell a very different story. So, how can allergy sufferers find relief from their symptoms?
Anne Corbitt loves the fall- walking, hiking, camping and tailgating. Since her teens, year-round allergies slowed her down. In fall, a major culprit?  Ragweed. In addition, mold spores can often be found on fallen leaves. Dr. Alan Redding tells patients there are some steps they can take that can help, including buying HEPA air filters, using a saline nasal spray, and avoiding raking or bagging leaves if they have a sensitivity to mold, or using a mask. Redding says these tips may help with mild symptoms,  but see a board-certified allergist if symptoms are more severe, like in Anne's case. She started on allergy shots almost two years ago. The immunotherapy works by gradually reducing a person's sensitivity to their allergens. She can now enjoy all that the season has to offer. 


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