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Ragweed Allergy: Practical Tips to avoid the Allergic Reactions

April 10th, 2010 Posted in Gardening

As midsummer begins, about twenty percent of the American population catches ragweed allergy or more commonly known as hay fever. The allergies symptoms are just like allergic rhinitis. You will hear people sneezing, complaining of itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose, irritated throat, and some may have trouble sleeping. The allergic reaction also triggers asthma attack for some people.

There are some practical ways to avoid this seasonal allergy:

* Close your windows – It might be as simple as rolling up your car windows when you are on the road or at home, keeping the windows shut until the ragweed season is over. Ragweeds are all over the United States and it will be best if you lock out yourself from the ragweed pollens coming through your shutters.

* Keep track of pollen – The more you know about the problem, the better you will be able to fight it. You can monitor the amount of pollen in your region by watching the news or visiting some websites.

* Don’t go to areas where ragweed is abundant – The solution to any allergy is avoiding its cause. So if ragweed is the culprit you must avoid areas like vacant lots, the woods, roadsides, or even your own backyard. These are places where ragweed grows. If you really love the outdoors and can not resist the colors brought by summer or fall, then it might help if you wear a mask which is designed to catch allergens which might be present in the air.  It might look awkward but it saves you from the allergic reactions.

* Wash ragweed pollen away – You do not see them but the pollens that click off the seasonal allergy time bomb cling to your hair, your clothes, shoes, or other stuffs that you bring. Taking a shower or washing the clothes as soon as possible will help get rid of the pollen which ticks off the allergies symptoms.

* Cut down the ragweed – Protect yourself from ragweed allergy by cutting the ragweed which maybe present near your home or around your yard. Do not cut them by yourself. Ask someone to get rid of the ragweed for you. This way you do not have to worry when you go out to play with your kids, get the morning paper, or when you do some gardening.

* Use an air filter at home – You cannot fully seal off your home from ragweed pollen. They will get inside your house as you open the door, the garage, or the windows. The unseen invaders will cause you to have watery eyes, cough, and sneeze. There are a lot of air purifiers in the market today that you can use inside your home. They are highly efficient in filtering for particulates present in the air so you can get rid of the allergy symptoms.

* Consult a Doctor – If the practical tips above do not work for you, don’t hesitate and consult the experts. The doctor may prescribe some antihistamine drugs which can help control the hay fever problem.

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