Just because spring and summer have come and gone, doesn’t mean fall wipes you clean of any and all allergies. Thanks in large part to Ragweed. As a weed that can grow generally anywhere, it is plentiful, but largely prominent in the East and Midwest of the United States.

Ragweed produces pollen that affects 10 to 30% of Americans by causing common symptoms such as runny and stuff noses, sneezing, and itchy throats.

What is an allergy and how can you develop one?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, ‘an allergy occurs when you react to things like pollen and cats that don’t affect most people. If you come into contact with something you are allergic to (called an allergen), you may have some of these symptoms.’

Should you have people in your family that normally react to pollen, dust, animals or mold, you can anticipate perhaps developing that same allergy. According to Web MD, ‘Like all allergies, ragweed allergy occurs when the body’s immune system mounts a vigorous response to a foreign substance that is actually harmless – in this case, tiny grains of pollen released by maturing ragweed flowers.’

How can you avoid allergies? Some tips!

To attempt to bypass the harsh reality of a pollen/ragweed allergy, try to stay inside when the pollen counts are highest. Also, changing clothes after being outside, using the air conditioner in the car, showering before bed to lift pollen off of your face, and trying nasal irrigation may all assist in your allergy relief according to Web MD.

Of course a key method to treating your allergies would be to visit your Brick ENT specialist, Dr. Brandeisky.  Contact him today to book your allergy evaluation appointment! Also feel free to follow Dr. Brandeisky on Facebook and Twitter and connect on LinkedIn for updates.

Sources: Web MD 1, Web MD 2, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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