While allergies in fall do not get as much attention as allergies in spring, they can be just as bad - from itchy eyes, to a runny nose, a cough and just an overall feeling of crumminess. As the weather turns colder, different allergens become more prominent. Triggers could also be found in mold, which can build up in wet leaves and some trees, which could be a big issue for sufferers. So, naturally, you may blame your fall allergies for your overall feeling of lousiness, but sometimes what may seem as a sign of an allergy, could turn out to be a sign of a medical condition. Here are five signs to watch out for:
If your nasal pain appears out of the blue, it could be a sign of a sinus infection, especially if you also have a fever and green or discolored mucus. Strep throat can come on pretty quickly too, causing pus to develop on your tonsils, plus difficulty swallowing.
Coughing up mucus could be a sign of bronchitis or an upper respiratory infection. To distinguish the difference, infections tend to have mucus coming up while allergies are usually accompanied by a dry cough.
If you feel like your cough has gotten worse, from a basic tickle in your throat to something deep, it may be a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia.
If you experience symptoms after you eat it doesn't necessarily mean that you have fall allergies. However, it might not be allergies that are causing your symptoms. An itchy tongue, or throat after eating some foods, such as apples, suggest that you may have an oral allergy.In most cases, they are not serious, though they can be uncomfortable. For this reason, it's best you avoid any foods that bother you.
If you feel better after 10 days or so, it was likely just a standard cold. A cold is predominantly self-limited, so if your symptoms come back after about a week or two, then it's most likely, allergies.