Ragweed is capable of growing almost anywhere, but in the United States, it is concentrated in the east and Midwest, which is bad news for us in Wisconsin. The weed blooms from August to November and reaches its highest levels in mid-September. Symptoms include all the old allergy favorites: sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and, in some cases, hives.
What can you do if you suffer from Ragweed?
- Start taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications now, even if symptoms haven't kicked in yet
- Keep windows closed at home and in the car
- Bathe your pets frequently
- Shower before bed
- Check pollen counts in your area, and avoid being outdoors on days when counts are high
If you think you may have an allergy to ragweed, contact an allergist in your area today. To find an allergist or to find more information on allergies, visit American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s website: www.acaai.org.