Doctor discusses common fall and winter allergies and what to do about them

The leaves have changed colors and are now falling, and the fall and winter allergy season is now kicking in.

The common summer allergies such as pollen and various weeds and grasses lose their power as fall moves into winter. However, as the months go on, other allergies become more common.

Dr. Rob Schleiffarth from West River Ear, Nose & Throat says, "The more common fall and winter allergens are the weeds, the ragweed in the fall, and then winter time, its the indoor allergens, which are typically the dust mites, the dust, the molds, and then the pet dander, cats and dogs."

Doctor Schleiffarth says there are a number of ways to fight allergies this time of year, many of which come from inside your home.

Dr. Schleiffarth says, "Keeping your house clean, people with carpets, vacuuming, often, people with hardwoods, dusting, keeping it clean, changing their sheets regularly, washing their sheets regularly, even vacuuming their mattresses and their pillows can help with the dust mites. Then there's medications, and the medications are typically the same no matter what you're allergic to. Those are the antihistamines and the nasal sprays that you can use."

Allergy symptoms include coughing, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. Unlike a cold, the symptoms usually persist for weeks or months.