If you've been feeling more allergy symptoms than normal for this time of year, fall allergies are expected to be worse for sufferers thanks to hotter, muggier weather. Dr. Sanjay Kamboj is an Allergy and Immunology Associate Professor at LSU Health New Orleans.
He says ragweed counts are high right now, and they're seeing more and more patients coming in with worse symptoms.
"Runny nose, nasal congestion, blocked nose, post-nasal drip, itchy and watery eyes," said Kamboj. "Sometimes cough because of post-nasal drip."
Kamboj says if you're prone to bad allergies, there are several things you can do to prevent symptoms. He says you should clean your nose twice a day with saline nasal spray, then follow with nasal steroids.
"Those are the best treatments," said Kamboj. "Flonase, Nasonex, Rhinocort. There are a lot available over the counter."
Kamboj says if over-the-counter remedies do not seem to work, and avoidance of fall pollen is not enough, that's when it's time to see an allergist. He says in terms of prevention, keeping windows and doors closed and running the air conditioning should help.
"If you're going out, wear a hat, glasses," said Kamboj. "Wash your face and hair when you get home and change clothes."
LSU Health New Orleans measures pollen in the air and reports counts every day.