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Fall Ragweed Allergy

by Norman Fleming

Copyright 2005

It's that time of year again. You see it and you feel it. The

itchy and watery eyes, the runny nose, the sneezing, a bit of a

tight feeling in your chest. It's allergy season - again!

In the springtime we deal with the trees coming into bloom.

This time of year the allergy culprit is ragweed. Ragweed is a

weed that pollinates in late summer and fall. It's been a very

hot and dry August, perfect weather conditions for ragweed to

flourish. The ragweed season lasts up to eight weeks and

generally peaks in mid September.

75% of Americans who suffer from allergies are allergic to

ragweed. Some people who suffer with a ragweed allergy may also

find themselves allergic to bananas or cantaloups.

There is no cure for ragweed allergies. The best way to lessen

symptoms of ragweed allergies, as with any allergy, is to avoid

contact with the allergen. However, this can be difficult as

ragweed pollen is in the air we must breath. It's not as easy

as avoiding your friend's cat.

Most medical professionals suggest an over the counter

decongestant or antihistamine to treat the symptoms associated

with seasonal allergies.

However, if over the counter medications do not provide enough

relief allergy shots, or what is called immunotherapy would be

in order. A skin patch test would be performed to determine the

exact allergens causing problems and serum would be created with

small amounts of those allergens. Regular shots would be given.

Most immunotherapy treatments last up to two years before

maximum benefit is achieved.

In some severe cases people who also have asthma find their

asthma is made worse by exposure to ragweed pollen. It has been

found that some asthma suffers benefit from receiving

immunotherapy and that over time this therapy can result in

less frequent and less severe asthma attacks.

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