Ragweed allergy triggers undesirable symptoms as autumn season draws near. Many individuals suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, usually starting in late summer and early fall.
It is sad to note though that the trigger is impossible to avoid. Ragweed is found almost everywhere, from roadsides and empty lots.
What are the indications?
Even though not all who are exposed to ragweed will end up with the allergy, exposure to the ragweed pollen can trigger an immune system reaction in some individuals. Once this occurs, it leads to the worsening of the asthma symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic coughing
- Chest tightness
In addition, other allergy symptoms might be present such as sneezing, runny or stuffed nose and itchy eyes, throat and nose. The presence of these symptoms can result to poor sleep that leads to fatigue, poor concentration and diminished performance at school or work.
Management of ragweed allergy
If avoidance could not effectively prevent the symptoms of ragweed allergy, the following might be considered:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Nasal steroids
- Leukotriene receptor antagonists
- Immunotherapy or allergy shots
Since there is no available cure for ragweed allergy, there are measures that can help lessen exposure such as:
- Avoiding the ragweed pollen – stay indoors if the pollen count is at its peak. It is also recommended to close the windows and utilize an air-conditioner. Additionally, a HEPA filter can help in eliminating some pollen from the environment.
- Changing location – even though moving to a different area can be difficult, certain locations can provide some relief.
- Regular bathing of pets – any pets must be bathed regularly since they might bring pollen inside the house especially if they spent some time outdoors
- Nightly showers – taking a shower at night can help avoid the spread of pollen into the bed