Fall Allergies - 8 News NOW

Carol Wilkinson, Reporter

Fall Allergies

Posted: Updated:

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are signs that fall is on the way -- along with fall allergies. A local specialist says that irritants are already causing problems.

Las Vegas allergy specialist Steven Becker says there has been a sharp rise in people seeking relief from the symptoms of fall allergies. "I've had a lot of patients complaining over runny nose, stuffy nose, irritated throat and a burning sensation in their throat."

Dr. Becker says that weeds are the main culprits right now, along with molds. "Molds will just take off in this environment. So there's actually quite a bit of mold even though you might not think of mold occurring in a fairly dry climate like ours."

Both pollen and mold spores are plentiful outdoors, but you can help limit their presence indoors. Dr. Becker adds, "That's why it's a good idea to make sure you're using air filters in the house and you're changing the filters in your air conditioning system because you may have mold that takes up residence in the pipes, the duct work. And also, you can have pollen that collects in these areas. So changing your air filters is really a great idea."

Allergy symptoms are similar to those of a cold. But there are some distinct differences. Dr. Becker explains, "Colds are usually more self-limiting and tend to last 7 to 10 days. Allergies tend to last longer and tend to be more associated with the itching, sneezing, irritation."

The fall season usually brings an increase in another allergy trigger -- dust mites -- that can also be spread by dirty ventilation systems.

  • Paula's Health NotesLas Vegas Health NewsMore>>

  • Training the body to fight melanoma

    Training the body to fight melanoma

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:39:25 GMT

    The numbers are staggering. One person dies of melanoma every hour and one in fifty men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma at some point in their lifetime. Now a new experimental therapy is training the body's immune system to fight the disease.

    More>>

    The numbers are staggering. One person dies of melanoma every hour and one in fifty men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma at some point in their lifetime. Now a new experimental therapy is training the body's immune system to fight the disease.

    More>>
  • New procedure to help Lipedema

    New procedure to help Lipedema

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:55:58 GMT
    Some women just can't lose weight and for the estimated 11 percent of women with a chronic disorder, diet and exercise won't help at all. Now, there is a new procedure doctors are now using that can help restore their appearance.More>>
    Some women just can't lose weight and for the estimated 11 percent of women with a chronic disorder, diet and exercise won't help at all. Now, there is a new procedure doctors are now using that can help restore their appearance.More>>
  • Brain surgery through the nose

    Brain surgery through the nose

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:45:33 GMT
    Removing a brain tumor can be tricky for surgeons and painful for patients. Now there's a new way to take out these lesions as surgeons are using the nose as a pathway to the brain.More>>
    Removing a brain tumor can be tricky for surgeons and painful for patients. Now there's a new way to take out these lesions as surgeons are using the nose as a pathway to the brain.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.