Ragweed Causing Havoc on Your Immune System

If you are an allergy sufferer, you are probably diligently praying for winter’s arrival. Many people continue to struggle with allergies into the fall.

Biggest Fall Allergy Culprit

Fall’s biggest allergy culprit is ragweed. The pollen from this plant can cause an itchy throat, runny nose, sneezing, irritated eyes, and headaches. There are 17 species of this plant that bloom and release pollen late summer through November. 

If you suffer from ragweed allergies, you can get in front of it by taking immunotherapy treatments. This would entail allergy shots to build up your body’s resistance to the pollen or taking tablets that dissolve under your tongue starting 12 weeks prior to ragweed season. It’s clearly too late to be doing those treatments for this fall’s allergy season but something you can consider to have a more comfortable and pleasant fall next year. These treatments aren’t only for ragweed allergies. If you suffer from allergies, talk to your doctor so that you can form a plan to prevent your body’s strong reactions to allergens.

Daily Tips to Feel Better

When outdoor allergens are present, there are certain things that you can do to help yourself feel better.

First of all, keep the doors and windows closed in your home. You might like the fresh air and the breeze but know that allergens are part of that fresh air. They will come into your home and be in the air but also settle on the carpet and furniture. This will make you more miserable in your home. 

Secondly check out pollen counts. Understand when the allergens are at their highest and try to avoid being outside for extended periods on those days. On top of that, pollen counts aren’t consistent throughout the day. In spring and summer, pollen and grass counts are highest in the evening. In the fall, you’ll find the ragweed count the highest in the morning. Consider this if you are going out for a run. 

A third thing to remember is that the pollen rests on your clothes and hair after you’ve been outside. Because of this, you should shower and change clothes when you come in for the evening. If you have a pet that’s been outside, be sure to wash your hands after petting your fur baby. Many people with severe allergies don’t wear their outdoor clothes while sitting on their bed as this can prevent quality sleep. 

Treatments for Fall Allergies

Allergy symptoms can be treated with antihistamines and other allergy medications. Many of these medications are over-the-counter. If you suffer from indoor and/or outdoor allergies, be sure to make an appointment with an allergist. You can be tested for allergies so that you will be more informed on your allergy triggers. Your doctor can recommend immunotherapy as well as outline a plan for medication to help you manage your symptoms. You don’t have to feel poorly during allergy season. 

Healthstar Physicians has a team of doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. If you are looking to ease your allergy symptoms, reach out to set up an appointment. Their team provides top quality medical care and accepts most forms of insurance.