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Cooler weather equals allergy issues for some

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Spring and Fall are the roughest seasons for allergy sufferers. As the temperatures decline as October wears on, those will allergy symptoms will begin to ramp up.

How do you know if you suffer from allergies or if it's just a common cold? Dr. Joel Katz is a board certified allergist and he says many people misdiagnose themselves and think it's a common cold when often it's allergies.

Dr. Katz says you have to keep an eye on your symptoms. Do you have a fever? Is there color to your nasal discharge? They can be signs that have the answer to what ails you.

Many people can treat seasonal allergy symptoms with over the counter medications like Allegra and Zyrtec. If you have continuing symptoms or serious reactions Dr. Katz says you should see a doctor. They can often give you allergy shots and sometimes your allergies can be erased with the right treatments.

There are steps you can take to lessen your exposure to allergens. Dr. Katz advises sufferers to stay inside when possible. He also says it's important to wash your hair before you go to bed. Also he says to use the air conditioner in both your home and your car.

Allergists can also administer an allergy test to see what you're allergic to and how to treat your symptoms. It's a painless test that takes about 30 minutes, 20 of which is laying down just waiting to see how your skin reacts to the tests.

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