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Ragweed “Hay Fever”

August is the unofficial start of the ragweed season.  Ragweed, a strong plant that grows in fields, next to roads, and in vacant lots, produces tiny particles of pollen that can travel up to 400 miles.  It grows most abundantly in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States.

If you suffer from “hay fever”, you will soon start noticing itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal and sinus congestion, peaking at the end of August to Labor Day in September.

To limit your exposure to this potent allergen, keep windows closed and air conditioning on, avoid outdoor exposure between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. when the pollen counts are the highest.  Don’t hang laundry outside to dry (It’s a magnet for pollen) and shower after exposure to ragweed to remove the pollen from hair and skin.

Medications can help to control your symptoms further.  Call our office to develop a specialized treatment program for relief of allergy symptoms.

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