CareNow® - September 18, 2014
by CareNow

Can you believe that the first day of fall is next week (September 23)? Time sure does fly. By now your kids are back to school and your family has adjusted to their post-summer routine. The change in seasons will bring different types of allergens to the North Texas area. One that you will hear a lot about is ragweed.

This week we want to focus on what ragweed is, how it will affect you and some common ways to prevent it from wrecking havoc on your home.

What is ragweed?

Ragweed is a plant that produces massive amounts of pollen. It is one of the more common allergens found in our area and the biggest catalyst of “Hay Fever” (allergic rhinitis).

Effects of ragweed

For patients allergic to this type of pollen, ragweed will cause the following side effects:

  • Sneezing
  • Dripping nose
  • Severe congestion
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat

How to fight back

Avoiding pollens like ragweed is quite hard to do. Did you know that one ragweed plant can produce over one billion particles of pollen during the fall? It travels far too. You can find pollen in most parts of the world.

With that said, here are some ways to lessen the effects of and your exposure to ragweed:

  • Find an allergy medicine that works for you. If over-the-counter medication doesn’t do the trick, speak with your doctor about getting prescription allergy medicine.
  • Avoid the outdoors. This means keeping windows and doors closed, even when it feels nice outside.
  • Shower regularly and keep your pets clean.
  • Keep an eye on pollen levels in our area to know when you will be a greater risk of ragweed symptoms.

Does ragweed have you feeling down? We can help you! Check in to your local CareNow online for allergy relief.