Spring usually means allergy season. That is changing now.
Fall allergies are making more people sick across East Tennessee than spring allergies, according to Doctor Bob Overholt with the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center.
"Fall allergies are more common, more prevalent and just as severe," the allergy specialist told 10News Friday.
Dr. Overholt gave three explanations.
Pollen-producing weeds are everywhere, fallen leaves eventually create mold spores and in-home heating systems create dust when they're first turned on.
"More people think of spring because the plants are beginning to bloom. But fall, starting in early September, is when ragweed comes out. More work days are lost because of ragweed hay fever than the common cold," Dr. Overholt said.
The allergy specialist suggests people receive an allergy test, place liners on vents inside homes, buy anti-allergy pillow cases for beds and wash bed sheets in hot water often during the Fall.
Dr. Overholt said symptoms are the worst in November.