WEST TEXAS (KWES) - If you've noticed more people not feeling well lately, you're not alone. The beginning of Fall is a busy time for doctors. That's when everyone's allergies start to flare up.
"Sneezing, the eyes get filled up, coughing, sometimes it aggravates asthma," said Dr. David Davison, describing the symptoms people often deal with.
It's that time of year again, when West Texans head to the doctor.
Many mistake their allergy symptoms for the common cold.
"Someone who doesn't know they have allergies might not recognize the symptoms. They come in because they feel they're sick," said Davison.
Davison says this time of year is always busy in his office. Ragweed is the leading cause of seasonal allergies in the area.
Researchers estimate 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from the allergy.
"Our seasons are mainly in the fall with ragweed especially and also in the spring when the grass comes back and the leaves are budding," said Davison.
Pollen.com shows high pollen counts covering West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. Ragweed is on the top of the list for Midland and Odessa.
Since so many people suffer with allergies as the seasons change, when should you go to the doctor?
"Symptoms that are worse than what they are usually used to would be a signal to go. Just anything that falls outside of their normal allergies," said Davison.
If your symptoms are severe, you can see an allergist to get tested and treated.
All other cases can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
You can also limit your time doing outdoor activities during peak months which are towards the end of August to October.