Is It Ragweed Or A Cold? Signs You Have Fall Allergies

Fall means back to school, brilliant foliage, and (unfortunately for many) bad allergies. 

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the public is allergic to ragweed, the most common culprit of fall seasonal allergies. Ragweed season starts now  and stretches into November in many parts of the county. As we blogged last week, this fall is forecast to be a particularly bad season for ragweed allergies. 

So how can you tell if you have late summer or fall allergies caused by ragweed, pollen, or even mold? Here are some common symptoms to look out for:  Runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes. 

While it may be difficult to totally eliminate the causes of allergies, there are some things you can do to ease fall allergy symptoms:

1. Stay indoors when ragweed pollen is at its peak (10 am – 3 pm) and keep track of pollen counts in your area from sites like

2. Now is a great time to have your heating and cooling ducts cleaned. Particles of mold and other allergens can become trapped in the vents over the spring and summer.

3. Use a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter  in your heating/cooling systems to remove pollen and mold from the air. 

4. Regularly use a nasal rinse, like Alkalol Nasal Wash, to wash away pollen and other airborne irritants and maintain proper sinus health.


Alkalol Nasal Wash is the only saline rinse formulated with natural extracts and essential oils for an invigorating clean. Alkalol provides natural relief from nasal congestion caused by sinusitis and allergies. Alkalol is available at Walgreens, CVS, and other fine drugstores and supermarkets.