There’s a lot to love about autumn, but while pumpkin spice lattes and cozy hoodies are great, you may not be a fan if you have a ragweed allergy. Ragweed season runs from late August to mid-October, causing allergy symptoms such as sneezing and headaches for millions of Americans. Find out what treatments are possible so you can enjoy this beautiful season.
Ragweed Allergy Symptoms
If you’re allergic to the pollen released from ragweed plants, you’ll notice symptoms such as:
• Stuffy or runny nose
• Irritated eyes
• Itchy throat
• Coughing and wheezing if you have asthma
Ways to Limit Exposure to Ragweed
You can reduce your risk of ragweed allergy symptoms by:
• Staying inside when pollen counts are high, which is usually on warm, dry days between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Keeping windows closed and using a HEPA air filter
• Taking off your shoes, changing your clothes and taking a shower after you’ve been outside to avoid tracking it through the home
• Avoiding raw fruits, vegetables or certain tree nuts, as ragweed allergy sufferers tend to also have oral allergy syndrome, making them allergic to the proteins in these foods and causing a scratchy throat and swollen lips, mouth, tongue or throat.
Ragweed Allergy Treatment Options
If you’re miserable with allergy symptoms this time of year, it’s a good idea to consult with an allergist. After testing you for a ragweed allergy, they may recommend antihistamines or oral steroids and if those are not effective, immunotherapy (or allergy shots). Allergy shots introduce ragweed pollen into your immune system so your body can build a resistance and tolerate it better. It can take months to build up tolerance, so your doctor may suggest you begin allergy shots two weeks prior to ragweed season in the future.
Sound Health Doctors Provide Effective Ragweed Allergy Treatment in St. Louis
Our team of ENT physicians are experts in allergy care and would be happy to discuss how we can help you feel better during ragweed season. Call us to schedule an appointment at (314) 332-1377 in MO and (618) 235-3687 in IL.