Ragweed Allergies Making Local Patients Miserable

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

For local ragweed allergy sufferers, the Misery-O-Meter has been cranked up to eleven, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"It is going to be bad because it is warm and it has rained," allergist Rajeev Pundit told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "When you have a warm climate with recent rains, and with the general warming epidemic with climate, ragweed season gets longer and it gets more severe."

The heavy rains have also led to mold, and that prompts mold allergies as well.

"The first thing to do is start taking an anti-histamine, there are plenty available over the counter," Dr. Pundit said.  "In addition to that, I usually recommend a nasal spray.  In addition to that, its also something as simple as cleaning your nose out with simple irrigation."

You can run but you can't hide.  Ragweed pollen can travel for miles on the wind, and it has even been spotted five miles up in the sky.

Symptoms very by sufferer, from sinus headaches to stuffy nose, watery eyes, and itching.  In come cases, the windpipe can contract, making it difficult to breathe.

And relief is not right around the corner.  Dr. Pundit says this late season should continue until mid October.

And the forecast for this weekend--more rain.

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