Hayfever is Ragweed Allergy
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Hayfever is Ragweed Allergy

Ragweed allergy, also called Hayfever, is the most common complaint of allergy sufferers. Although there is no cure for hayfever, sufferers can limit their exposure, use HEPA air-filtration in the home and even consent to immunotherapy injections to acquire at least partial immunity to the worst of the symptoms.


Stuffy Nose? ragweed allergy season

There are 17 species of ragweed that cause allergy symptoms which occur for some 75% of all people in the United States. Other air-borne allergens include sagebrush, plantain, curly dock, pigweed and several other common grasses. Ragweed is oft-cited as being the one allergen that causes the most misery to allergy sufferers.

What is an Allergy? Ragweed Allergy is also called Hayfever

Also called "Hayfever," ragweed allergy is caused by the pollen released by the flower parts of the pervasive weed. People with known sensitivity to ragweed pollen often develop allergies to other forms of pollen, so this should be noted and perhaps expected. Use of HEPA air filters in the home and, when traveling by car keeping the windows rolled-up can help reduce the occurrence of allergy outbreaks.

People with known allergic reactions to ragweed sometimes also react to cantaloupe and banana, sunflower seeds and even honey according to the site pollen.com.

Hayfever symptoms arriving from ingesting natural honey remains a curious occurrence as honey is sometimes also cited as a natural immunity-building remedy against local pollens such as ragweed, even though honeybees do not source their honey from the pollen of ragweed.

Bees might inspect ragweed flowers but it seems unlikely that they are gathering pollen from ragweed in any great quantity, if at all. Ragweed is not pollinated via insects or bees, pollination in ragweed occurs mostly via the wind and the sheer overwhelming amount of pollen released by the species as a whole makes this possible.

One ragweed plant can over the course of one season emit some 1-billion pollen grains. Easily dispersed, ragweed pollen under the right conditions has been detected as high as two miles up in the atmosphere and as far out to sea as 400 miles. -It seems there is no place where ragweed pollen is not present or cannot be detected.

Decades ago, high elevation mountainous regions in the U.S. were somewhat free of ragweed pollen but activities of man have accidentally introduced ragweed and now ragweed allergy is fairly pervasive even in these formerly exempt regions.

Cooler morning temperatures (around 500 F and cooler) greatly slow the release of ragweed pollen, so mountainous areas do enjoy some relief in the mornings and late afternoon at the higher elevations. Ragweed season officially runs from August to November in most regions of the United States and Canada but it is not uncommon for the cooler temperatures of September to effectively end the ragweed season.

No Cure for Ragweed Allergy/Hayfever

There is no cure for hayfever. Antihistamines help, but avoiding exposure to the pollen during 'high pollen days' and if necessary, wearing of a paper facial mask for acute sufferers of pollen-borne allergies may prevent inhaling amounts that can trigger the allergic reaction. Use of a home air-conditioner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter can help relieve and prevent symptoms.

When antihistamines and nose sprays are ineffective, your doctor may suggest immunotherapy. Immunotherapy injections require a commitment from the allergy sufferer as these injections are often administered over the course of months or even years. This injection therapy hopefully brings partial immunity to the worst of the related pollens, lessening the severity of the target, Ragweed Hayfever.

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Ranked #22 in Allergies

several people in my family get it

Good information! Voted and appreciated.