3.8 Million Days of Work/School Missed
During Ragweed Season
The end of summer brings the beginning of
ragweed season where nearly 36 million Americans will suffer from
seasonal allergic rhinitis, or "hay fever," according to the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
sufferers will get some relief this time of the year because of the
diminishing tree and grass pollen but ragweed season will bring on
symptoms such as sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. About 3.8 million
days of work and school are missed to ragweed allergies.
produces one billion grains per average season and, due to their
lightweight texture, the grains can travel up to 400 miles," said Dr.
Fuad M. Baroody, chair of the AAAAI Rhinitis Committee. "Ragweed is
prevalent throughout the Northeast, South and Midwest from mid-August
to October, making it a significant cause of fall allergies."
of "hay fever" include sneezing, runny noses and swollen, itchy, watery
eyes. Nearly 80 percent of allergy suffers will experience sleep
problems, leading to fatigue, loss of concentration and poor
performance at work at school.
To Avoid Ragweed Exposure
areas where ragweed plants thrive, including ditches, vacant lots,
roadsides, riverbanks and the edges of wooded areas.
windows closed during ragweed season to prevent pollen from drifting
into your home – air conditioning will cool, clean and dry
your car windows closed when traveling.
outdoor activity when pollen counts are high.
a shower after spending time outside since pollen can collect on your
skin and hair.
your exposure to other known allergens during ragweed season, since
symptoms are the result of a commulative effect of multiple allergens.
up-to-date pollen information for your area by visiting the National
Should See An Allergy/Asthma Specialist If They ...
prolonged or severe symptoms of rhinitis
co-existing conditions such as asthma or recurrent sinusitis
symptoms interfering with quality of life and/or ability to function
limited their diet based upon perceived adverse reactions to foods and
itchy mouth from raw fruits or vegetables
found medications to be ineffective or have had adverse reactions to
a child with allergic rhinitis, because immunotherapy may potentially
prevent the development of asthma
suffers should prepare for the ragweed season by beginning prescribed
allergy medication 10-14days prior to the peak of the season. To find
an allergist/immunologist, visit the AAAAI Web site at www.aaaai.org.