From cracks in concrete to rolling hills, it’s likely that you’ve seen ragweed plants surface in Kentucky. Ragweed is a plant that produces a fine, lightweight pollen. A single ragweed plant can produce and spread up to one billion grains of pollen. Understandably, millions of people fall victim to ragweed allergy during the autumn season. Keep reading to learn more:
Ragweed Allergy Symptoms
If you’re reaching for the tissues or constantly rubbing your itchy eyes, you may suspect allergies! The following list is the most common symptoms associated with a ragweed allergy:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
These symptoms are very similar to other viruses like the common cold or flu! With winter on the way, we know you want to know for sure what you’re dealing with. Read this blog from our archives to discover how to tell the difference from the common cold, flu, and allergies.
Ragweed Allergy Treatment Options
Over-the-counter options are available but are not always effective. Immunotherapy has been proven to eliminate a ragweed allergy for good. During the build-up phase of immunotherapy, Dr. Brauer will introduce the allergen to your immune system in small doses. Once a pre-determined dosage amount is reached, the maintenance phase can begin.
During the maintenance phase of immunotherapy, we will maintain this allergen and immune system relationship. This phase teaches your immune system not to overreact when you are near ragweed. Once this phase is complete, your body will be free of this allergy!
Ragweed is an interesting plant! Take a look at four noteworthy facts about ragweed:
- Ragweed can be found in every state except Alaska.
- Ragweed peaks in mid-September but can pollinate from July through November.
- The wind can carry ragweed pollen hundreds of miles.
- Your immune system may mistake certain proteins in foods as ragweed, causing allergy symptoms (cross-reactivity).