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Ragweed Season Doesn't Mean Suffering
Healthday News
Nov 21, 2007



Ragweed season, which lasts from about mid-August to October in many parts of the United States, can bring misery to the estimated 36 million Americans with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever).


Symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, swollen, itchy watery eyes are so severe that they disrupt a person's ability to function normally at work or school, says the American Academy of Allergy,Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).


The academy notes that almost 80 percent of people with seasonal allergies suffer sleep problems, resulting in daytime fatigue and poor concentration. Each year, ragweed-related allergies cause more than 3.8 million lost days of work and school.


The AAAAI offers some tips on how to reduce exposure to ragweed:


  • Avoid areas where ragweed plants thrive, such as ditches, roadsides, riverbanks, vacant lots, and the edges of wooded areas.

  • Keep windows closed during ragweed season in order to prevent pollen from getting into your home. Use air conditioning, which cools, cleans and dries the air.

  • Keep your car windows closed.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors when pollen counts are high.

  • After you spend time outside, take a shower to wash pollen from your skin and hair.

  • Minimize your exposure to other allergens during ragweed season. Hay fever symptoms are often the result of cumulative exposure to multiple allergens.

  • Start taking allergy medications 10 to 14 days before peak ragweed season in your area.

  • Get up-to-date pollen information from the National allergy Bureau (www.aaaai.org/nab).

More information


The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about allergy control.




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User Comments

Judith Hainaut
Your photograph is of goldenrod which is one of our most valuable native plants. It has heavy pollen which can't possibly cause allergies. This common misconception has caused the needless destruction of this wonderful plant.
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Intheswamp
Bad article, wrong picture. Goldenrod picture shown. Godenrod is excellent fall forage for honey bees and other pollinators.
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Research Scientist, Ph.D.
This demonstrates why you can't believe everything you see on the internet -- or receive from a company such as "HealthDay News." When it comes to science, most of what I read is wrong.
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Sue
Hire a botanist -- It is goldenrod. Ragweed flowers are hardly noticeable
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The plant pictured is Goldenrod, NOT Ragweed. As others have already said, Goldenrod pollen is not responsible for the allergic response that people associate with Ragweed. This is what happens when people write about stuff they know nothing about.
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NCplantlover
The picture is not RAGWEED it friendly goldenrod, taking the blame for the less showy guy it lives near. TAKE IT DOWN or correct it.
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Olivia
That is a picture of goldenrod, not ragweed. Goldenrod grows in the same areas and often gets the blame for allergies. However, it has a completely different type of pollen that is spread by insects not wind.
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Florist
It's misinformation like this that causes floral customers to complain about "that NASTY weed!" in their arrangements. Why is this picture still posted? Golfersmd, was this written by one of your "Doctors & Pros"?
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I sent them a takedown request
Anyone else take that step? It's also harmful because it appears as one of the first images on Google's image search page.
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Ayla
Most Ragweed grows along the same areas as Goldenrod, so it is occasionally labeled as ragweed, Goldenrod is a lovely wildflower that is often sold in florist shops as accent flowers, and whose leaves can be brewed for a soothing tea.
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