Allergies in August caused by ragweed

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – In the late summer, about 15% of Americans have symptoms from an allergy to ragweed.

The symptoms can make life miserable for those with allergies. Symptoms often include:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Itchy or puffy eyes
  • Mucus in the throat

“The irritations that you’ll get are itchy eyes, a runny nose, and a cough. Sometimes you can even get hives with this. What you don’t get with allergies is fever,” said Dr. Matthew Sadof, Pediatrician at Baystate Children’s Hospital.

It is important to go to the doctor if you have a fever as this could be a sign of an infection. If you have severe allergies, ragweed might trigger asthma symptoms, headaches and congestion that can interfere with sleep.

There is no cure for a ragweed pollen allergy, but there are ways to treat and manage it. Anti-inflammatory and antihistamine nose sprays help. You can also find eye drops for eye symptoms. For long-term relief, see an allergist about immunotherapy.

“I empathize with everyone who suffers through them. It’s not fun,” said Zachary Saunders of Newington, Connecticut.

Different pollen or allergies are prominent at different times of the year. For example, grass and tree pollen is high in the spring and early summer.

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