The symptoms of ragweed allergy are among the most painful of all seasonal allergies. They are the latest blow that hay fever inflicts on seasonal allergy sufferers, just before the winter months bring relief from pollen allergies.
For those who also suffer from spring or summer allergies, the season of ragweed allergies will be much harder for you than others. Ragweed pollen is much more potent than pollen from trees in spring and herbs in summer. Its light weight allows it to be carried for hundreds of miles, while its high reactivity means that only a few grains per cubic meter of air can cause a terrible reaction.
However, if you are looking to treat your ragweed allergy symptoms, we recommend that you first understand them thoroughly. There are many similarities between ragweed allergies and a common cold. Knowing the difference is the key to determining the proper treatment techniques.
- Itchy eyes
- Stuffy nose or runny nose
- Itchy skin
More serious symptoms
Ragweed allergies can lead to many more symptoms than just itchy eyes and runny nose. If ignored for too long, they can cause a number of more serious symptoms such as:
- Difficult breathing
- Cramps or abdominal pain
- Vomiting or general nausea
Many of these more severe symptoms may indicate that you are at risk of anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction that causes breathing difficulties due to the narrowed airway. You should consult a doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms or consider taking an emergency room run if you have difficulty breathing.
Diagnosis of ragweed allergies
Many people often confuse ragweed allergies with other health problems like colds or even chemical sensitivity. Colds are known to produce the same symptoms including stuffy nose, sneezing or headache. Chemical sensitivity can cause rashes, itchy eyes or irritation which is mistaken for allergies.
If you suspect you have a ragweed allergy, it would be a good idea to visit an allergist. There are several tests that allergists can perform to identify which allergens are causing your problems. If you are not particularly interested in visiting an allergist, you can identify the cause of your symptoms in other ways. This includes understanding the symptoms and looking for common resources such as counting local pollen. By understanding when symptoms occur and which allergens are present in the air at that time, you can identify the likely cause.
The treatment of ragweed allergy is the same as the treatment of any other seasonal allergy. This is because they are all caused by pollen. Avoidance is the recommended method of treating pollen allergies. Staying indoors during peak pollination hours, using avoidance techniques or even running an air purifier are all great ways to reduce exposure to ragweed pollen. Visit our website for hay fever treatment in different ways to avoid allergens or take a look at our website Hay fever for more information.