Sneezing Again? Avoid Ragweed08/22/10
SUNDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been sneezing your
way through August, ragweed may be the culprit.
Ragweed season usually starts around mid-August and tends to
torment allergy sufferers until the first frost sets in. Because
ragweed counts are the highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on hot,
dry and windy days, consider avoiding outdoor activities during
that time, says an expert from the Saint Louis University Medical
Seasonal allergy triggers abound, and knowing which ones affect
you can help you avoid them to reduce the risk of annoying symptoms
such as sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy eyes, Dr. James Temprano,
assistant professor of internal medicine at the university, said in
a university news release.
If you're not sure what's causing the problem, consider a skin
test to determine which allergens are affecting you, Temprano
suggested. For these tests, he said, doctors place small amounts of
various allergens on or below the surface of your skin and watch
for any reactions.
Once your seasonal allergies (such as ragweed, pollen and grass)
are pinpointed, you'll know when you're most likely to experience
symptoms and need to take preventive measures, such as keeping your
Temprano offered these additional tips for other seasonal
- Grass allergies usually begin in May or June (but can appear
earlier) and last most of the summer. Keep your windows shut in
order to minimize your exposure.
- In the winter, when indoor allergies caused by dust mites and
pet dander emerge, wash bedding weekly in hot water and dry using a
high heat setting.
- If you are plagued by tree pollen allergies -- which typically
begin in late February or early March and continue through May --
change your clothes and wash your hair after spending time
Temprano added that if prevention doesn't work, you may want to
talk with your doctor about allergy medications or immunotherapy,
also known as allergy shots.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has more
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