CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - While summer is known for grass pollen allergies, as we head into fall, the concern becomes ragweed.
Finally a gorgeous day around western Massachusetts on Wednesday after a wet and humid weekend. It's the kind of weather that makes you want to go outside.
But being outside can be tough if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies certain times of the year affect people differently. Some may have the worst allergies in the fall while others do in the summer.
For Virginia Bauch, she's had a tough time the past several months spending time walking her dog outside.
"I can't breathe, I cough, my throat feels closed up. It's primarily the mold when we have a real wet season like we had this summer," said Bauch from Chicopee.
As we head from summer allergies into the fall allergy season, the ragweed pollen becomes the most problematic.
Ragweed primarily grows in abandoned city lots, but it's pollen are too small to be seen and can spread for miles by the wind.
For allergy specialist Dr. Robert McGovern, this ragweed allergy season is unlikely to be as bad as allergies have been earlier in the year.
"The early spring with all the rain we had was one of the worst tree and grass seasons I've ever seen in my practice and as far as the ragweed season, so far it's fairly early, but it seems pretty much about average," said Dr. McGovern, Chief of Allergy at Baystate Medical Center.
The ragweed allergy season began in mid August and continues through early October.