Survey Shows More Than 1 in 4 Americans Now Suffers from Fall Allergies

The Top 5 Most Challenging Places to Live with Fall Allergies
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Dr. Leiana Oswald, Roseman University of Health Science

(Washington, DC, Tuesday, September 12, 2017) - The following cities have been consistently recognized by experts such as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as some of the most challenging places to live with fall allergies:

  • Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; McAllen, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Syracuse, New York.

The number of individuals suffering from allergies is growing. A recent survey conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association shows us that more than 1 in 4 Americans are now suffering from seasonal allergies, and while most allergy sufferers (76%) experience symptoms in the spring, fall is the next most common allergy season with a spike in September (64%).

 “Three Things to Know” during the fall allergy season. These safety tips include:

  • Keep allergy medicines handy. Know which medicines to take for symptom relief. Today, more Americans are suffering from seasonal allergies and are increasingly choosing nonprescription/over-the-counter medicines. This increase in consumer preference is in large part due to the fact that consumers now have access to more affordable over-the-counter treatment options, many of which were previously prescription-only.
  • Close the windows and limit your time outdoors. Keep your windows closed, especially in the morning when the pollen count can be high. We know staying inside can be tough because typical fall weather can be beautiful, but, you may need to consider this.
  • Keep clothes pollen free and shower often. Avoid drying any clothes outdoors as pollen such as ragweed can stick to them, and change your clothes after you’ve been outside. Taking a shower before bedtime will also help keep allergens out of your hair, off your body and out of bed.

Dr. Leiana Oswald joined Roseman University of Health Science in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and as the Introductory Experiential Coordinator. Dr. Oswald obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and her Pharmacy Doctorate from Roseman Un iversity of Health Sciences. She has spent the past several years managing some of Las Vegas’ busiest retail chain pharmacies and precepting students.

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