AAPRI is the area's leading asthma and allergy practice, specializing in the treatment of allergy related problems.
The fall season is upon us once more. For many it is a great time to be outdoors enjoying the cool weather, watching the leaves change color or taking part in
the multitude of activities that occur during this festive time of the year. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, however, you may suddenly be finding yourself filled with dread instead, as the powerful allergen of ragweed travels through the air.
Ragweed blooms from mid-August through October and is the number one cause of hay fever. The allergen can be particularly troublesome because it grows everywhere; from city parking lots, roadsides and in rural fields.
Ragweed allergy symptoms include coughing, congestion, scratchy throat, itchy or watery eyes and sinus pressure. Many even have trouble at night and experience poor sleep quality. It is a major reason for many adults to miss work and for children to be out sick from school in the beginning of the school year.
Be prepared for a potentially difficult ragweed season this year as the hot and dry summer conditions could lead to high ragweed pollen counts for our area. Fortunately there are a few simple steps that you can take to help minimize your exposure to this allergen:
Stay indoors when pollen counts are high - peak pollen counts are normally between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Keep your home and car windows closed.
If possible use air conditioners, dehumidifiers and air purifiers to clean the air in your homes.
After being outdoors, take a shower as soon as you get back inside because pollen sticks to your hair and skin.
Lastly, remember to wipe down your pets before going back in the house as pollen sticks to them too!
If you suffer from ragweed allergy or have any questions, be sure to visit our website or contact our office today. Our
team here at AAPRI is always ready to help and assist you!