Let’s be honest. Allergies are not pleasant to deal with. And with ragweed season peaking in spring and returning in fall, you can find some comfort in knowing how to prepare for seasonal allergies.
An allergic reaction occurs when your body misunderstands something inhaled or ingested as an invader. This invader is known as an allergen. Once a substance or specific food is considered an allergen by the body, it will automatically release antibodies and histamines to combat it. The release of histamines is the culprit that contributes to your feelings of itchiness, watery eyes, and other common allergy symptoms.
Types of Allergies
There are two main types of allergies; the first one is a food allergy and the second one is allergies due to the environment. Food allergies can be easier to identify since your body’s reaction usually occurs promptly after food intake. On the other hand, allergies caused by the environment can be more difficult to identify.
Ragweed is also the most common cause of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. Ragweed is a flowering plant that contains pollen. Surprisingly, as much as 30% of the total population have allergic reactions to ragweed. Because it can be airborne, identifying this kind of allergy can be difficult.
The best way to prevent seasonal allergies is by avoiding contact with ragweed pollen. Monitoring the daily pollen count can be helpful in determining whether or not you should go outdoors. If the ragweed pollen count is too high, it might be best to wait for it to subside before heading out.
Changing your clothes as often as possible can also minimize the risk of hay fever symptoms. This limits your exposure to pollens that may cling to your clothes as they travel through the air. Frequent bathing can also help minimize or alleviate the symptoms of allergies by eliminating clinging pollens, too.
If you suspect that you have ragweed allergy or allergic rhinitis, talk to Family Allergy Clinic’s allergist to learn more about allergy treatment options.