Ragweed season is here!

If your allergy symptoms are worsening around this time of the year, your not alone.  Over 30 million people suffer from the effects of ragweed pollen with symptoms ranging from sneezing, nasal congestion, and eye itching, to wheezing and asthma exacerbations, which peak during this time of the year.  Some people may also notice mouth itching after eating fresh fruits and vegetables such as bananas, melons, cucumbers, or zucchini as these food proteins are related to ragweed protein.  Some simple approaches to reduce your exposure include:

1.  Keeping the windows in your home and car closed, checking the pollen counts

2.  Staying indoors on high pollen count days especially between 10 am and 3 pm when pollen counts peak

3.  Change your clothes after coming indoors and shower before bed