Ragweed affecting outdoor allergy sufferers in the Pioneer Valley, even in autumn

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Many outdoor allergy sufferers are still dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose. But it’s not all that uncommon for this time of year here. 

The Pioneer Valley has some of the worst allergens in the entire country. So while many of us are still suffering, it’s actually extremely normal, even in autumn. 

“So this time of year we’re suffering from most of the weed allergies,” Dr. Barry Jacobs with the Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England said. “Probably the single largest antigen that’s out there right now is ragweed. And that will probably continue through about the first frost. So I think we probably have about a few weeks of ragweed to suffer through.”

Dr. Jacobs suggests over-the-counter remedies such as antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays. But for a better-tailored treatment plan, Jacobs suggests seeing your doctor for specific allergy testing.

Rosalinda DeJesus is one Springfield allergy sufferer noticing the ragweed.

“My nose is runny, sometimes my eyes get watery, and then my asthma starts to act up,” DeJesus said.

Not everyone who has allergies deals with them forever. Many children who suffer from outdoor allergies outgrow them, while many adults who deal with allergies now never had problems when they were younger. 

For those of you who suffer from ragweed allergies, you should start to feel some relief after the first frost. 

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