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Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Fall Allergies

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Ok, I admit it this post really has nothing to do with pumpkin spice lattes but would this even be a fall post if they weren't mentioned at least once?

When most people think about allergies they generally associate them with spring and blooming flowers, but often times people that have spring allergies are more susceptible to also having fall allergies.

What is an allergy?

  • An allergy is a hypersensitive response from the immune system to substances that either enter or come into contact with the body.

What causes fall allergies?

  • Ragweed is the biggest culprit. It usually starts to release pollen in the cool nights of August. It can last into September and October. Fun fact: about 75% of people with spring allergies have reactions to ragweed.

  • Mold is another big fall allergen. Mold spores love cold, damp places and soggy leaves are the perfect place for mold to set up shop.

  • Dust Mites can make you sneezy and wheezy! Although dust mites are around all year, turning the heat on can stir up dust.


  • Watery Eyes

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing

  • Itchy skin, eyes and nose

  • Runny Nose

  • Wheezing

Treatment Options

  • Antihistimines

  • Nasal Sprays

  • Decongestants

  • Acupuncture

The first 3 options can be easily purchased at your local pharmacy and will help with symptoms but acupuncture is a great non pill popping way to help manage those pesky fall allergies.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles on various points on the body’s surface to influence physiological functioning of the body. Acupuncture mobilizes and regulates qi (energy) and blood to stimulate the physiological function of the muscles, nerves, glands and organs. The goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and health.

How Can it Help My Fall Allergies?

  • Treats the acute symptoms you are experiencing (itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing etc..)

  • Boosts and supports your immune system

  • Helps lessen the frequency and/or severity of your seasonal allergies

  • Helps restore balance to your body increasing your health

I personally love getting acupuncture for my seasonal allergies. I also love treating allergies with acupuncture because you usually get quick results (obviously every patient varies) but I often see an improvement after the first visit, sometimes even when they are still laying on the table. After an initial series of treatments (typically anywhere from 3-12 visits), patients come in for further treatments on an as needed basis. Some patients come back in once or twice a year for a booster while others may come more often it depends on the severity of your allergies. Acupuncture does not interfere with what you are currently doing for your allergies; however, most patients end up significantly reducing or eliminating their dependence on allergy medications.

So don't let your sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes interfere with enjoying your first PSL of the year and come try acupuncture! You will not regret it!

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