Are Fall Allergies a Myth?
Sep 5, 2013 - 3:05:15 PM

( - After a long summer of high pollen counts and allergen levels, allergy sufferers are glad to be rid of the summer season-but they may not be in the clear just yet. According to Otolaryngologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, fall allergies are a real issue and can be severe among many patients.

"The top allergen for autumn allergies is ragweed-a plant that starts releasing pollen in August," explains Dr. Pritikin. "There are many different factors that contribute to the intensity of allergy seasons, but based on generally warmer temperatures associated with climate change, plus a higher concentration of carbon dioxide, the fall allergy season may be particularly severe."

Dr. Pritikin goes on to explain that the changing atmosphere contributes to an increased amount of pollen released by ragweed. In addition, autumn allergy triggers include mold and dust mites. While mold levels typically peak in July in the warmer states, they may not peak until October in colder states. Plus, outdoor mold can be found on piles of leaves, which we are often exposed to in large amounts during the fall. As far as dust mites, counts typically peak in August but can last all the way through December, making fall a particularly problematic time for allergy sufferers.

"While fall allergies will pose a problem for many, there are things you can do to lessen the symptoms," says Dr. Pritikin. "Taking precautions like washing your hands after being outdoors, closing doors and windows and showering before bed are all helpful. If symptoms persist or get worse, patients can seek treatments like allergy drops, steroid nasal sprays or allergy shots."

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of theAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College inChicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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