FOND DU LAC - It seems fall is already upon us, at least when it comes to the outdoor allergy season.
Doctors say autumn allergies have arrived much earlier this year.
Before heading back to school, Tyler Williams of Fond du Lac says he makes a special trip to the allergist.
"Just here to get my allergy shot, and hopefully get a little better before I head back to school," said Williams. "I'm at Lakeland, we're in the middle of a cornfield so this definitely helps."
That should be true, considering ragweed arrived more than a week early.
"We usually see ragweed pollen appear around August 15th, in fact I used to take vacations around August 15th coming back and going to work because so many people would be affected," explained Dr. Steve Kagen with Kagen Allergy Clinic.
Kagen says he's not sure why the season arrived so much earlier this year.
But he says he is already starting to see patients.
Allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, sinus headaches, itchy eyes, as well as coughing and wheezing.
While ragweed may be the culprit now, doctors say the only way to find out for sure is to make an appointment.
"It's really important that children, when heading back to school are healthy, and they can breathe, not just at nighttime through their nose, but during the daytime so they're not distracted at school," Kagen said. "So it's really important now to get your allergies under control."
Kagen says allergies are treatable, whether it be through medications or an allergy shot.
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