Hetu Y. Parekh, MD, Allergy and Asthma at ARC Four Points and ARC Medical Plaza Specialty Allergy and Asthma, recently spoke to KVUE News about what allergens might affect your fun during ACL. Dr. Parekh said ragweed, pollen, and mold are the three most common allergens during the fall.
"If you're allergic to any of those three, then you'll have a hard time, whether you're at ACL or just outside in general. And you'll have the allergy symptoms that we're all familiar with. Alternatively, if you have asthma, you can also have an asthma flare-up during those times," Dr. Parekh said.
Symptoms of these allergies include:
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Sore throat
Alleviating allergy symptoms
Dr. Parekh said now is the time to start taking allergy medication to help alleviate those symptoms. It's also best to be consistent and take medication daily.
"The time doesn't matter as much, as long as you're consistent and doing it regularly. And in fact, if you've been to an allergist and you know you're allergic to ragweed, and they've confirmed it, you really want to be using your meds a couple of weeks before the season starts. It really needs to be in you prior to the onset of symptoms," Dr. Parekh said.
Learn more about Dr. Parekh's Tips to reduce your allergy symptoms.
Whether weather helps or hurts!
Recent rain could be a solution for people, depending on what they're allergic to. Dr. Parekh said rain could bring down the pollen, but in wet, rainy conditions, mold may still linger or even worsen.
For those suffering from allergies, facial coverings like a mask or bandana can help block particles. People with asthma are advised to use their inhaler and to bring it with them to the festival. According to ACL's website, over-the-counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for each day. The bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.
Make an appointment today
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about the best ways to manage your symptoms.
You can make an appointment online with an ARC Allergist with MyChart, by visiting the ARC Allergy and Asthma web page, or by calling the clinic most convenient to you.