With changing seasons come changing allergens in the air which can cause problems for people in Omaha who suffer from fall allergies and asthma. Right now ragweed pollen is peaking in Omaha, and fall changes often trigger reactions for those of us who suffer these things. It’s tough to stave off the change of seasons or stop plants from pollinating, so prevention is difficult at best. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the fall-preview weather mid-week and got out to enjoy some perfect temperatures, low-ish humidity, and sunshine.
Many people know of their triggers and their timing, and if fall is a typical allergy season for you, now is the time to start controller medications if you don’t take them year-round. Controller medications for allergies include things like inhaled nasal steroids (fluticasone, mometasone, and others) or sometimes a pill called montelukast. Asthma controllers include inhaled steroids with or without a long-acting bronchodilator (Airduo, Advair, and Symbicort are common ones), and montelukast plays a role here as well.
If your symptoms are mild and intermittent, often just taking an over-the-counter antihistamine like loratadine, cetirizine, or fexofenadine on the bad days is enough to get things under control. Those are non-sedating and usually don’t interfere with alertness. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and others are more sedating and should be used with some caution with driving or similar activities. I recommend considering controller medications if you’re having bothersome allergy symptoms most days of the week for several weeks in a given season. For people with asthma, the use of a “rescue” inhaler (albuterol) more than a couple of times a week on a consistent basis means it’s time to talk about a daily controller medication.
Fall in Omaha is arguably the best time of year — so regardless of your allergies, get out there and walk, hike, run, golf, etc and soak it up before the first snow.
For our members- if you have questions about any allergy symptoms you may have, don’t hesitate to get in touch!