Allergy season wrapping up as the weather gets colder

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – People who struggle with seasonal outdoor allergies will soon get a sigh of relief as fall transitions into winter.

Local allergists said this season was especially hard for some people because of historically high pollen and ragweed counts.

Right now, ragweed and mold counts are moderate to high.

But as the cooler weather settles in, these will lower and eventually die off by the first frost.

However, when the cold hits and the heat turns on, those who are sensitive to dust or indoor mold won’t be as lucky.

Dust mites and mold become trapped inside, which is why allergists recommend using a humidifier and air purifier.

Extra dusting and vacuuming can also help reduce indoor allergies.

But there is something else people should keep in mind: some allergy symptoms are similar to COVID-19.

There is a subtle difference between the two though, itchiness.

“With COVID-19 you will not get itchiness of your nose, throat, eyes, or ears. If those are some of the symptoms they’re having, they can say ‘oh this is probably my allergies,'” said Sumona Kabir, D.O., Allergy Associates of La Crosse.

Kabir said one of the quickest ways to tell the difference is by taking over the counter, non-sedating allergy medicine.

If your symptoms go away you should be in the clear.

But if you’re still not sure, it’s a good idea to get screened for COVID-19.