Ragweed Season is Here

These end-of-summer days, stretching through September, can be tough for allergy sufferers. Approximately 15% of Americans have an allergy to ragweed, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.(1) A single ragweed plant can produce one billion grains of pollen, and the pollen grains can travel in the air for miles.(1)

Symptoms of an allergy to ragweed pollen include:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Itchy or puffy eyes
  • Postnasal drip(1)

For some people, ragweed can also cause the skin condition, allergic contact dermatitis.(2) While allergy symptoms from ragweed are generally experienced mid-August through the end of September, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that in many parts of the U.S. now people are experiencing symptoms between early August through the end of October.(2) Various studies suggest that higher carbon dioxide levels and rising temperatures play a role in the longer growth time of allergen-producing plants, such as ragweed.(2)

People with this allergy can track the pollen count in their area on the National Allergy Bureau website https://pollen.aaaai.org/ and stay inside during high count days. Pollen count peaks in the morning. Other suggestions from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology include: taking shoes off outside, covering hair when outside, and using a certified air filter inside the house.(1)

Several over-the-counter medications can help people deal with allergy symptoms. These include nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers and decongestants.(3) Allergenic immunotherapy (allergy shots) is another option, helping patients become progressively less sensitive to an allergen, such as pollen.(3) “Although there is no cure, ragweed allergy can be managed to improve the quality of one’s life.”(2)

Edge Pharmaceuticals offers allergenic extracts and allergy immunotherapy supplies for allergy clinics, hospital pharmacies, and ENT offices. Contact us today to place an order.

(1) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Ragweed Pollen Allergy, https://www.aafa.org/ragweed-pollen/

(2) American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Ragweed Plants Packed with Pollen, https://www.aaaai.org/

(3) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Allergy Treatments, https://www.aafa.org/allergy-treatments/