Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- It may still be summer, but you could already be feeling the effects of fall allergies.
Autumn allergens can start affecting people at the end of the summer, look out for area sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, runny nose and watery swollen eyes, just to name a few.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Trauma Program Manager Regi Geissler said some of the more common fall allergy triggers are ragweed, mold and dust mites.
So how do you know whether it’s a cold, or allergies?
Geissler said there are a few ways to tell the difference, even if the symptoms feel similar.
“You also have chills and sometimes fevers and fatigue, not feeling well and over the counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants usually helps with allergies, but they don’t tend to help with colds,” Geissler said.
Geissler has a few recommendations if you want to prevent allergy symptoms in the first place: Wear a mask when outside, bathe your pets that are going in and out because they carry allergens on them and dry your clothes inside.