Ragweed Allergy: It has been found that autumn is basically a season for those sensitive to ragweed.
“A spike in ragweed tends to mark the informal start of the fall allergy season, which typically begins in mid-August,” said Dr. Rachna Shah, an allergist with Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Ill. “This time of the year, we see less tree and grass allergens and more mold and weed allergens.”
Shah, who heads for the Loyola Medicine Daily Ragweed Allergy Count chose to share some exclusive information and other tips to help those sensitive to different kind of allergies.
And so, it is required that seasonal treatment protocols need to commence as soon as possible. It’s because these may take a week or to to get implemented. These may include a number of prescriptions like steroid nasal sprays and over-the-counter Ragweed allergy medications.
“Ragweed allergy symptoms can worsen asthma, causing breathing difficulties, so it’s important that you have all of your asthma tools,” Shah said in a health system news release. “Make sure that your inhaler is up to date, not expired, that you have additional inhalers and refills on hand, and that you are taking preventive measures.”
As a precaution, experts often pledge to keep windows closed, specifically on days during high allergy levels. They also advise to change cloths after you come from outside.
People need to modify their day to day activities to get rid of pollen senilities. In general, it has been seen that pollen levels tend to be high from 10:00 AM till dawn. And so, it is recommended to plan your outdoor activities later in the day.
“Patients who are still suffering from allergy symptoms after adhering to their treatment protocols, taking preventive measures and/or modifying daily activities should be evaluated by a physician,” Shah added.
There are various symptoms that are an indication of season allergies. These may include symptoms like throat irritation, postnasal drip, ear itching or popping, headaches, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes and more.
Please note that there are some allergy indications that are found to be similar to those of COVID-19. This is why it is advised that season Ragweed allergy sufferers need to be extra cautious while adhering to their treatment plans and precautions.
“We saw some allergy symptoms overlapping with COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic last year, including congestion, runny nose, headaches and throat irritation,” said Shah. “As we face another spike in COVID-19, it’s a good reminder to have your preventive allergy treatment plan in place.”
Ragweed is basically a flowering plant of aster family, Asteraceae. These plants are mainly found in the tropical and sub tropical regions of America. In most cases, Ragweed has the center of diversity in the regions of northwestern Mexico and southwestern United States. There are a plethora of species of Ragweed that were introduced to the old world. While some species of Ragweed became adapted to the environment and became invasive species.
Some other common names of Ragweed include burro brushes and bursages. The name of the genus of such plants is taken from Greek ambrosia that means ‘food’.
One of the reasons why Ragweed steals the center of attraction is because of its pollen. So, Ragweed pollen has been found notorious and is the cause of various allergic reactions in humans. It causes allergic rhinitis in human beings.
More than half of the cases caused due to pollen reactions in North America is from Ragweed.
Loyola Medicine, news release, Aug. 27, 2021