ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The season change is upon us and no one knows that better than allergy sufferers. Experts estimate that some 50 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies and during the fall, sensitivity to ragweed & mold are the highest. And while St. Louis is reportedly having a standard allergy season this fall, our area still ranks among the highest for allergy sufferers for reasons such as:
- Longer spring and fall seasons
- Lots of yearly rain, which favors more plant and mold growth
Sufferers know the symptoms of seasonal allergies all too well: stuffy, itchy, and runny nose, congestion, itchy, watery, and red eyes. But experts say to also be on the lookout for mild asthma, coughing, and wheezing.
Medical professionals from St. Louis University suggest over the counter antihistamine, nasal sprays, and allergy shots for potential treatments.
Ragweed is expected to cause trouble for allergy sufferers for at least several more weeks. Mold will be a trigger until the area's first hard frost.