Ragweed season can start as early as August and last as late as Halloween. For the first time this year, ragweed pollen was detected at KVUE studios in North Austin just this week.
So, why so late?
All the rain has kept the pollen on the plants which has caused delay in the onset of the ragweed pollen being released into the air.
The highly anticipated first cold front of the season, and our strongest since May, arrives in Austin today with a 50% chance for showers & storms. With the forecast mentioning rain, it would take few dry and windy days between all the rain for ragweed pollen to explode and the pollen counts to spike all of the sudden.
For many the fall season may start with itchy, sneezy, drippy and even wheezy symptoms.
Here's how you can prepare for the ragweed season:
Dr. Binaca Gaglani suggests taking an antihistamine, like Allegra, once a day and daily use of a nasal steroid spray under the guidance of an allergy doctor.
The nasal sprays and once a day pill helps against the ragweed allergy this season. However, Dr. Gaglani recommends patients to see an allergy doctor as there could be factors such as patient's history with any other allergies etc.
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