Autumn Ragweed Allergies

Plants are amazing. They provide fruits, vegetables, nutrition, medical cures and beauty. But, plants can also be very bothersome—particularly ragweed. Ragweed is a flowering plant that is commonly found throughout North America.

Ragweed has been reputed as the prime cause of pollen allergies during the fall season. In fact, it can be blamed for more than half of all cases of fall hay fever. Ragweed racks up such staggering numbers through a process known as pollination wherein a plant releases very fine powders into the air. The process allows the plant to reproduce. In the case of ragweed, one plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains in its short lifetime.

What is ragweed allergy then? Generally, allergies are cause by a hypersensitivity of the immune system. But isn’t the immune system our protector? Yes–theoretically! It is programmed to react to certain harmful substances such as viruses and bacteria and get rid of them. Normally, this response protects us from dangerous diseases. But every once in a while, the immune system gets confused and unleashes “war” on benign substances like allergens.

Allergies can develop in reaction to foods, plants/pollen, mold, and more. Of those who are allergic to pollen-producing plants, upwards of 75 percent are also allergic to ragweed. Furthermore, people can develop allergies not just to ragweed, but to certain foods that share a similar chemical composition to ragweed (bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.)

Luckily, Family Allergy Clinic has a solution. As providers of the latest breakthrough in sublingual immunotherapy treatment (“SLIT”), Family Allergy Clinic proudly tests and treats many of the most common symptoms of hay fever and food allergies using under-the-tongue drops. Call 480-827-9945 for more information.