Complete Guide to Ragweed Allergy
Ragweed allergy is quite a common condition, and its outbreak season starts in
late summer and lasts until October or November. The article below provides all
the information you need about ragweed pollen allergy.
Ragweed Pollination Period
The fall season is often associated with cooler weather, rain, trees losing their leaves, and flu
season. For people allergic to ragweed, fall also means the outbreak of allergy.
Ragweed pollen is one of the major fall allergy triggers. The ragweed pollination period starts in
August and lasts until October.
Highest Concentration of Pollen in the Air
The small grains of ragweed pollen are spread through the air and cannot be seen with a naked
eye. The pollen’s highest concentration in the air is during the morning hours or after a rainstorm
when the plant is drying out. The air also contains more pollen on windy days.
Highest Concentration of Pollen on the Land
Ragweed can be found anywhere, especially in fields, alongside the highways, as well as in
vacant lots. The plant is spread all over the world from Hawaii to Europe, but it is more
concentrated in the Midwestern region and along the East Coast of the United States of America.
Common Symptoms of Ragweed Allergy
Ragweed pollen allergy shares the same symptoms as allergies to other pollens like trees,
flowers, and even marijuana. Those symptoms include allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis
and allergic asthma.
Ragweed allergy symptoms usually occur somewhere between August and September and last
until October or November. The duration of the outbreaks depends on the climate.
How Is Ragweed Related to Food Allergies?
The pollen of ragweed has similar proteins to certain fruits, which makes ragweed allergy related
to certain food allergies. The fruits related to ragweed include watermelon, cantaloupe,
honeydew melon, cucumbers and bananas.
This connection means that people allergic to ragweed may experience certain allergic symptoms
after eating these fresh fruits, especially during the ragweed pollination season. The symptoms
include itching and tingling of the mouth. The condition described above is known as oral
allergy syndrome, or fruit-pollen syndrome.
Ragweed Allergy Treatment
Ragweed Allergy are often treated by allergy shots and allergy drops. These treatment options
have been well studied and are known to be effective. To determine the best option in your case,
you should speak with your allergist.
Avoiding Ragweed Pollen
In fact, pollen allergies are way more difficult to avoid than allergies to dust mites or pet dander,
since their triggers are present in the outdoor air. However, it is possible to minimize the
exposure to the pollen by keeping doors, windows, as well as car windows closed to prevent
pollen from drifting inside; minimizing morning activity, as pollen is emitted during this period;
staying indoors on windy days or when the pollen count is reported to be high; drying bedding
and clothing in the machine, as pollen may collect in laundry if it is hung outdoors; ad finally,
taking a vacation to a pollen-free area during highest pollen season – to the beach or an ocean.