August, 2016

What You Need to Know About Ragweed Allergies

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

If you find yourself reaching for the tissue box more often at this time of year, you are far from alone. For more than 36 million Americans, falls means sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and the other unpleasant symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever.

Ragweed is the third and final phase of the annual pollination process, and it is the number one cause of hay fever symptoms in the United States.

Hay Fever

What Is Ragweed?

Ragweed is a flowering yellow weed that’s a member of the Aster family. It flourishes even in soils that can’t support other vegetation and during dry, hot weather. When dry, hot weather continues through late summer, pollen dispersal is extremely high. Because of the high temperatures and relatively low humidity in Texas, ragweed flourishes in the Houston area.

In Texas, ragweed pollination lasts for six to eight weeks from mid-August through November. The peak, however, usually falls in mid-September. During the fall, ragweed produces an astonishing 100 million tons of pollen every single year. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from hay fever!

Preventing Hay Fever

The best way to avoid hay fever is to minimize your exposure to ragweed pollen. Avoid the outdoors between 5 and 10 AM, and don’t go outside on hot, dry, windy days. If you need to go out, it’s best to do so in the late afternoon or following a heavy rain.

After coming in from outdoors, shower and change your clothes immediately. Keep your windows closed at all times, and use your air conditioner to keep your home cool. Make sure your filter is clean.

Hay Fever Relief

If you’re suffering from hay fever, antihistamines, decongestants and steroid nose sprays may provide the relief you need. For help with hay fever in Brownsville and other Brownsville allergy services call Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas today at 956-504-5360.