Allergies After Summer? It Might Be Ragweed

While many associate allergies with springtime, allergic rhinitis or “hay fever” to pollens can occur in multiple seasons.  Allergies to weed pollens, including ragweed, actually peak in the fall months.  More than 20% of Americans are allergic to weed pollens, and can experience symptoms such as frequent sneezing, persistent runny or stuffy nose, itchy nose, itchy or watery eyes, throat irritation or itching, cough, rash, or even symptoms of an asthma attack after the summer pollens have disappeared.  These symptoms are often mistaken for a cold or respiratory infection.


Ragweed typically begins pollinating in mid-August.  Pollen counts are usually highest around mid-September, but plants may continue to produce small amounts of pollen into early to mid October.  Each single ragweed plant produces nearly one billion pollen grains per season, which can be carried hundreds of miles by wind.  Therefore, you may be affected by a ragweed allergy even if you do not see the plant near your home.




There are multiple ways to treat a ragweed allergy, to temporarily alleviate symptoms and to minimize symptoms on a more permanent basis.  Visit one of our allergy specialists, who can order tests to determine if you have a ragweed allergy and prescribe treatment to minimize your inconvenient and bothersome symptoms.



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