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Why Do My Allergies Flare In the Fall and Why Do They Irritate My Eyes?

October 2017

Candice R. Giordano, M.D.

Many people assume that their allergies are going to be worst in the spring when new flowers are blooming, but fall can also be a trigger for allergies. The biggest reason for this is ragweed. Ragweed releases its pollen well into September and October, and the majority of the people who suffer from spring allergies will also be allergic to ragweed.

Ragweed pollen is particularly difficult for allergy sufferers because it can travel on the wind, causing problems even when ragweed isn’t native to your area. Additional fall allergy triggers include mold, which can hide in piles of wet leaves, and dust mites, which get stirred up when you switch on your heat in the fall.

For some, allergy symptoms affect the eyes. Red, swollen and itchy eyes are often contributed to fall allergies. The allergic reaction that happens in the rest of the body causes the blood vessels in the eyes to swell, which creates the redness, tearing and itchiness. Some people will also experience sensitivity to light.

If you suffer from fall eye allergies, you need to have your eyes evaluated to ensure your symptoms aren’t due to an infection. If allergies are the culprit, allergy medications can help, but only a doctor can rule out infection. I95 Content Marketing

Dr. Candice Giordano is a Board-Certified ophthalmologist and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology with comprehensive training in medical and surgical eye care. She completed her undergraduate education at Bucknell University, where she graduated with honors in 2002. She attended Jefferson Medical College, where she received the Carroll R. Mullen Memorial Prize for excellence in ophthalmology and graduated with honors in 2007. Before joining Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates, Dr. Giordano completed her ophthalmology residency and surgical training at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she served as chief resident.

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates