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Fall, winter mean allergies triggers indoors, outside

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If you think all of the allergies and asthma triggers will be left outside because the fall season is at hand, think again. There are other triggers to spark allergies and asthma now that the temperatures are getting cooler.

Moulton patient Pennie Stover doesn't visit her allergist as much as she used to.

"I was just keeping sinus infections constantly and now I hardly ever have one," she said.

Stover said that fall allergies left her feeling miserable with a sore and scratchy throat, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, a lingering cough and a lot of sinus pressure. She really had to plan every day with the allergies in mind.

"I feel like I have to keep cough drops with me constantly, just in case that tickle comes on. And then just taking cough syrup all the time, just trying to keep the cough calmed down," she said.

But now she's finally found relief,saying the the allergy shots have helped. She said she's been taking them twice a week for two years.

When it comes to allergies, this time of year we usually find that triggers like pollen or trees or grass remain outside. But in the fall and winter months, we have to worry about what's inside.

"You can have symptoms in the spring, summer, fall, winter. There is no specific time frame that is completely free of allergies," said Dr. Mahipal Ravipati, an allergy and asthma specialist.

He said the primary triggers this time of year might surprise you.

"If you're allergic to your pet, that is going to cause serious flareups because now you are confined and you're breathing in more of the dander and that's definitely going to increase the allergy load on the system," he said.

Ravipati said dust and mold are also major problems during the winter. He said being outdoors in the fall means mold and weeds are the problems rather than grass. He said rain and dampness make the molds worse.

Ravipati said most asthma-related hospitalizations occur during the fall season. He suggests that if you notice a pattern, visit your doctor, and it might be time to visit a specialist.

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