Ragweed Season Peaking
The hay fever season is hitting its peak here in September as the most allergenic pollen of them all, ragweed, is going to town.
Now and for the next 4 weeks, those who suffer from weed induced allergic rhinitis (clinical for hay fever) will feel the drippy nosed, itchy eyed, scratchy throated clutch of ragweed.
Warm days after cool nights will be the worst on ragweed haters while cloudy, damp cool days will be the best. Watch out for windy, dry and sunny days after it rains to be especially problematic.
The first traces of ragweed actually began showing up a week later than normal in mid August with the first major spike in weed pollen occurring last week.
Now this week with cooler overnight temperatures at work, ragweed is turning into a pollen producing conveyor belt.
Since ragweed has a 6 week period to pollinate, and since the season was a week late in starting, we will not see the ebb until the first days of fall. In fact, the last traces of the ragweed pollen will not be ridded until the first frosts of the season arrive. And that first front can hold off until late October during warm falls.
Here are some tips for coping with ragweed.
- Like its pollen producing grass and tree cousins, ragweed does most of its work at night, making mornings have the highest pollen counts.
- When you come in from the outdoors, damp mop your head since pollen will cling to your hair and can cause you to inhale ragweed all day long and while you sleep.
- Same goes for your clothes. Wash them frequently since pollen will cling to them.
- Speaking of sleeping, best to sleep with the AC on and windows closed since ragweed can easily sift through screens.
- When driving, again windows up and AC on.
6. Take your antihistamine as prescribed by your doctor.
Since I know some people fight summer bronchitis, I offer this time tested way to distinguish between allergies and a cold/bronchitis; namely, if your mucus/phlegm comes out clear, you can bet it is related to allergies. If it comes a thick deep greenish-yellow or even reddish yellow, then bronchitis or a cold or even pneumonia are likely to blame.
Special thanks to Drs. Chandra Kumar and Matthew Wilson, et al, for educating me on this subject over the years!