Pumpkins, pie, and sneezes; allergies are on their way

Aug 23, 2023, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:29 pm

Pando aspen grove at Fishlake National Forest...


SALT LAKE — Fall is coming, meaning more Utahans are experiencing allergies including sneezing, runny noses and congestion.

The number of people who experience allergies and sensitivities has been increasing over the last several decades, affecting 10% to 30% of the world’s population.

“Allergies are actually caused by our immune system seeing things in the environment that they need to protect us from,” explains Dr. Andrew Smith, allergist-immunologist at Allergy Associates of Utah.

During the fall months, weeds like sagebrush and ragweed create pollen that affects hundreds of residents.

The most common symptoms of allergies and sensitivities include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

Dr. Smith says there are several ways to mitigate allergy symptoms, such as:

  • Showering or changing clothes after recreating outdoors
  • Wearing glasses or sunglasses outside to keep pollen away from the eyes
  • Using a HEPA air purifier
  • Keeping windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from entering a home
  • Exercising outdoors in the evening when ragweed pollens are lower
  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and nose sprays

If symptoms are severe, Dr. Smith says getting an allergy evaluation can help lead to specific medicine to mitigate symptoms, including:

  • Allergy shots
  • Additional medication

“Enjoy the outdoors, we live in a beautiful area. But, create those healthy spaces so that your immune system can get a rest, particularly at night while you are resting.”

Related stories

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


code blue alert issued for multiple northern Utah counties...

Becky Bruce

Code Blue Alert issued for multiple northern Utah counties

Salt Lake County declared a Code Blue Alert on Sunday night and multiple Utah counties expected similar conditions Monday.

10 hours ago


Michelle Lee

The hidden dangers of too much sugar

Let’s Get Moving Host Maria Shilaos spoke with Health Educator Troy Duell to learn about the hidden dangers of sugar.

1 day ago

Chief of Police for Price City Police Department, Brandon Sicilie, holding PeeDee....

Britt Johnson

Abandoned puppy finds a home at the Price Police Department

PeeDee, a puppy found on the side of a roadway during a dispatch call, has found a new home with the Price City Police Department.

3 days ago

cdc sign shown, the agency updated its covid guidelines...

Brenda Goodman, CNN

CDC drops 5-day isolation guidance for COVID-19

The CDC says it’s updating its guidance for Covid-19 to bring it in line with its advice for other kinds of respiratory infections, including influenza and RSV.

3 days ago

baby feet, utah postpartum retreat helps new moms...

Britt Johnson

Utah company aims to help postpartum moms with special retreats

The founder of Utah Postpartum Retreat said she thinks new moms are at high risk for developing postpartum mood disorders because they lack support.

3 days ago

A nurse works in the laboratory room in El Nuevo San Juan Health Center at the Bronx borough in New...

Tammy Kikuchi

Skeptics have doubts about universal health care model for Utah

One of the biggest concerns is affordability, according to a recent presentation at the Kem C. Gardener Policy Institute.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Pumpkins, pie, and sneezes; allergies are on their way