Fall the peak of allergy season for some

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For many people, with fall comes fall allergies.

Ragweed, the most common fall allergen, is in full swing.

In North Carolina, doctors say allergies can be particularly prevalent, because of the abundance of plant life and mild temperatures.

Dr. Jose Bardelas, a Greensboro-based allergist, says, for many people, over-the-counter remedies can bring relief.

"We have some over-the counter antihistamines that used to be prescription. Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra. They will help with runny nose and the itchy eyes," he said.

However, in extreme cases, Dr. Bardelas says you may need the help of a specialist.

"If you're miserable and the medicines are not helping, that's the time to consider seeing an allergist," he said. The most common treatment is allergy shots, typically administered every couple of weeks.

If you suffer from fall allergies, Dr. Bardelas recommends keeping your windows shut at home, taking medicine before going outside, and wearing a mask if you have to mow the grass or be outside. He says those suffering from fall allergens like ragweed should get relief sometime in mid-December, once temperatures drop and some of those plants die.

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