Ragweed season hits earlier and harder this year

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

kvue.com

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN -- The Ragweed Allergy season has started three weeks early in Central Texas and is only expected to get worse over the next few weeks.

“I'm amazed at how much pollen we've had this year. In 20 years I've never seen this much pollen this early in the season,” said Bill Howland, M.D. with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin.

Howland said this year’s crop of giant ragweed plants survived the drought and are putting out of enough pollen to make up for it.

“I think they're stronger plants so they're going to let out a lot of pollen this year to try to catch up for what happened in the last two years of drought,” said Howland.

The allergy doctor said that the waiting room at his clinic has been filled with ragweed sufferers already.

“The main thing to do right now for your allergies is to take a daily antihistamine like Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin. These are over the counter and if you have a prescription Cortisone nasal spray start taking that everyday and do that for the next eight weeks solid,” Howland said.
 
A natural remedy for ragweed allergies is a saline solution in the nostrils several times a day, Howland said.

 

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