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      Fall weather brings fall allergies

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The sneezing, itchy, watery eyes are back. You can thank the changes in the season for those allergy flare ups.

      Fall temperatures means fall allergies but that doesn't mean you have to suffer.

      Dr. Ty Coleman with Allergy Partners of the Midlands, says his office has already seen an increase in patients ahead of the Fall season.

      "This year we've had a lot of increasingly symptomatic patients that are having symptoms this year that have had not necessarily the same degree in years past," said Coleman "so we're using our patients as a little bit of a barometer of how severe the season is."

      Coleman says common over the counter allergy medicines are helpful as well as nasal sprays, but there are day to day things allergy sufferers can do to protect themselves.

      "Commonly when coming in from an outdoor activity, maybe rinse the nose out try to get the nose cleared out especially before bedtime so you don't have a lot of those allergens hanging out in your nasal cavity during sleep," said Coleman.

      One of the most common contributors to fall allergies is the ragweed plant. Ragweed can produce one billion pollen grains per season.

      Here are some other precautions you can take:

      - Use a face mask when you are outside, especially between 5 and 10 a.m. and on windy days.- Remove pollen from your skin and hair by showering frequently.- Keep your windows closed and turn on the air conditioner.- Dry your clothes inside in the dryer instead of hanging clothes outside.- Have decaying leaves removed from your yard and gutters.- If you rake leaves in the fall, wear a face mask.- When you first turn on your car air conditioner, leave your windows open and avoid breathing the air for several minutes until mold spores can disperse.