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Allergic Asthma and Seasonal Allergens

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), this fall may be “a perfect storm” for people with allergies. Warmer temperatures and wet weather raise the levels of ragweed and mold, the two most common fall allergens. People with allergic asthma may need to be especially careful this autumn to avoid these allergens, which can trigger asthma attacks. For allergic asthma sufferers, the flare-up may start with symptoms typical of a cold or an allergic reaction such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat. Asthma symptoms can include wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing. “Paying attention to the pollen counts and the air quality can help you decide when it might not be a good idea to go outside and mow the lawn or do other outdoor activities,” said John Mastronarde, MD Director of the Asthma Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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