Ragweed season, the time of the year that leaves many allergy victims with stressful allergic symptoms, is very miserable season for allergy sufferers.
Ragweed pollens are merely responsible for severe, irritating allergic symptoms like sore throat, wheezing, sneezing and headache.
Allergies that trigger in spring are often due to tree pollen and those that occur in summer can be due to weed and grass pollen.
Allergic reactions from ragweed pollen can even exceed the normal sneezing, itching or wheezing.
As you all know, prevention is always better than cure, so it would be better for you to control and prevent the triggers of ragweed allergy.
If you seriously want to control these miserable symptoms of ragweed allergies, here are few control measures that are usually recommended by health experts.
Control measures to prevent ragweed allergies
- Consider taking over-the-counter medications such as oral steroids, nasal antihistamines prescribed by your health care provider 10 to 15 days before ragweed season starts. Nasal or oral antihistamines works better to prevent allergies if you take before you contact the allergies.
- Be aware of any side effects or adverse reactions when taking over-the-counter medications. Be sure to notify your doctor if you are unable to take the medicine regularly.
- Avoid your outside work, particularly on dry windy days. Peak time for pollen count in the air would be any time between daybreak and noon. So, try to limit the outdoor work at this particular timing.
- Activities such as outdoor exercises and gardening should also be avoided when the pollen count is high in air. However, if it is very important for you to be outdoors in peak pollen time, ensure to wear a pollen mask and protect your nasal passages from potential allergens.
- Keep your living environment free from potential triggers of allergy, especially pollen. In ragweed season always keep your doors and windows shut and also while you are traveling in car be sure to close windows.
- Change your clothes and also shower or bath after coming home from outdoors. Wash your hair before bedtime and sweep away troublesome pollen.
- Don’t wear contact lenses, if you have, particularly when you are going outdoors during ragweed season. As the pollen can possibly irritate your eyes, you can suffer with severe allergic symptoms like itchy, irritating eyes, which can be very dangerous when you have contact lens in your eyes.
- Continue your ragweed allergy treatment at least for 2 weeks after ragweed season. This will help you decrease nasal hyperactivity that may continue after exposure to allergens has stopped.