As summer comes to an end, allergy sufferers must prep for the dreaded seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). That’s right, September brings about the bloom of ragweed, and this in turn creates an excess of ragweed pollen. Ragweed pollen is one of the primary causes of fall allergies and hay fever.

About the Plant:

Ragweed plant (scientific name: Ambrosia) begins to bloom in mid-to-late August and peaks in mid-September. A single plant of ragweed can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains. These pollen grains are light weight and easily float through the air. The ease with which the pollen can travel is one of the reasons it can cause so much mayhem. Ragweed usually grows in rural areas, although it is found all throughout the United States. Ragweed is especially prominent in the Eastern and Midwestern states.

Hay Fever:

Hay fever symptoms usually start in mid-August and run through September. In recent years it has been noted that in some parts of the country symptoms are beginning in early August and lasting through October. Rising temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels are believed to be contributing to this change.*

Some symptoms related to hay fever are:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose (congestion)
  • Itchy nose, mouth, eyes, or throat
  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes

Symptom Control:

The best way to control your symptoms is to avoid contact with ragweed pollen. Try to limit your time outdoors and check the pollen count for your area so that you are aware of what environment you are walking into. Allergy immunotherapy is another option for controlling symptoms. For more information on allergy immunotherapy click here.

It is important to discuss how to manage your ragweed allergy with an allergist. An allergist at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in finding a treatment plan that works best for you and your allergy needs. To schedule an appointment with a Board Certified allergist at National Allergy & ENT, call (843) 212-7976 or schedule online.