Getting answers: Uncovering what’s true and false about fall allergies

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MILWAUKEE -- We're uncovering what's true and false about fall allergies. Dr. Giana Nicoara specializes in allergies and immunology at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare -- and joined the WakeUp team with some answers.

  • Allergic rhinitis and hay fever are the same condition. TRUE
  • The most common fall allergen is ragweed. TRUE
  • Mold is another fall allergen. TRUE
  • Symptoms of fall allergies include the following: runny, stuffy nose; itchy, watery eyes; cough; sneezing TRUE
  • Keeping windows open is a good idea to allow ‘fresh air in’ during the fall. FALSE
  • The best time to take allergy medications is once one has symptoms. NEITHER (This one is really depends on the symptoms.)
  • Moving out of the Midwest and to another part of the country will help improve your allergies. FALSE
  • Having a stuffy, runny nose, means one must have allergies. FALSE
  • Monitoring pollen counts helps manage seasonal fall allergies. TRUE
  • Ragweed is only common in the Midwest and on the East coast. FALSE