The dreaded ragweed allergy season is around the corner and persons who suffer from this ragweed pollen allergies will soon face the very annoying symptoms that come with it.
What is ragweed?
Ragweed is a tiny green flowered plant that originates from North America. It is also part of the daisy family. Ragweed produces copious amounts of pollen grains which are light-weight and distributed by winds that carry them up to 400 miles away from the plant itself. It also grows virtually anywhere from residential lawns and yards to along side the highway and on riverbanks. There are many different types of ragweed that grow worldwide including: Ambrosia, Lanceleaf, Western, Coastal and Rio Grande. They are most commonly found in the rural areas of the Eastern and Midwest states in America although pollination distributes the plants to many other locations.
What is Ragweed Allergy Season?
Ragweed allergy season is around mid Summer to early Winter, in the months between July or August and November or December. It is termed the “Ragweed Allergy Season” because during this period, ragweed produces and releases billions of pollen grains into the air. These pollen grains come in contact with thousands of people. Those who suffer from ragweed pollen allergies are subjected to allergy symptoms that make them miserable every year.
People who are allergic to ragweed experience the following symptoms: a runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy or inflamed skin, eyes, nose or throat, asthma attacks and trouble sleeping. Ragweed pollen is the leading cause of hay fever.
How can you prepare for ragweed season?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely get rid of your ragweed pollen allergies. However you can follow these necessary steps to prevent or lessen the symptoms of your allergies:
1. Purchase and take your allergy antihistamine medications. It is important to remember to take your medications even before the ragweed season commences so you are not caught off guard. Do so and you can avoid symptoms altogether. Immunotherapy is another option that you can consider taking. Though pricey, they are very effective in ridding persons of the symptoms of allergies.
2. Try to stay indoors as much as possible when the daily pollen count is high. Keep track of the pollen count in your area each day during the season. You can check the weather station or find the pollen count easily online. Also keep windows and doors shut.
3. Shower or change your clothes when you come inside from being outdoors for a long period of time to remove pollen grains that may be in your hair, on your clothing or on your body. Don’t bring your outside shoes inside either. This will limit the amount of pollen that gets into your home.
4. Purchase and use an air purifier or an air conditioner to reduce the amount of allergens in your home.
5. Keep the grass in your yards and lawns well taken care of. Trim them low, regularly and remove any unwanted weeds.
The best and most effective way to combat your allergies is staying away from ragweed altogether. Make sure your surroundings are clean and well aired out. Make all the necessary preparations for the season before it comes around and hold tight until the season ends.