Late Summer Allergies Worsening? Chenopods Give Way To RAGWEED

Last Sunday, our report on late summer allergies focused on Chenopods being at the root of many people’s exacerbated allergy symptoms: Noticing Late Summer Allergy Symptoms? It’s Chenopods

The good news before the bad: The eruption of Chenopod pollen into the Cullman County atmosphere diminished throughout this past week. Scattered rain showers also helped tap these allergens down.

Unfortunately, during the same time period, RAGWEED pollen began their semi-annual emergence into the atmosphere. Notable amounts of NETTLE pollen were in the mix this week.

Today’s pollen reading is 7.4 (medium-high) with Ragweed strongly present followed by lesser amounts of Nettle and grass.

Ragweed pollen typically begins to become measurable in mid-August with peak levels occuring in mid-September. Ragweed pollen can cause allergic rhinitis (more commonly known as Hay Fever). At last count, this condition affects up to 23 million Americans annually.

There are 17 species of ragweed in the United States. This common weed grows effortlessly in Alabama. The blooming period (which produces a fine-powder pollen) runs from August into November.

Ragweed Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of ragweed allergy are similar to those of other pollen allergies:

• A Runny nose
• Esophageal & Throat Itching
• Headaches
• Irritated eyes
• Itchy throat
• Nasal congestion
• Post-Nasal Drip
• Sneezing

Ragweed pollen can also aggravate asthma symptoms, leading to increased coughing and wheezing.

Management and Treatment

If you’re suffering from hay fever symptoms in the late summer or fall, you can consult an allergist about the possibility of a ragweed allergy.

Your allergist can confirm a diagnosis with a skin test — applying a diluted allergen to the surface of your skin and waiting about 15 minutes to see if there is a reaction, such as a raised red bump that itches.

Ragweed allergies can be treated with antihistamines and other allergy medications.

As with pollen season in the spring, you can try to get ahead of these allergies by starting your medication two weeks before you expect your symptoms to be at their worst.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests these tips as well:

★ To avoid pollen, know which pollens you are sensitive to and then check pollen counts. In spring and summer, during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.

★ Keep your windows closed at all times, both at home and in the car.

★ Remember that pollen can be tracked into your home via your clothes, your hair or your pet — so change your clothes after being outside for long periods of time, shower before going to bed and wash your hands after petting an animal that has been outside.

Nettle Allergy

Nettle is considered a moderate source of the allergy proven in skin tests and amount of exposure to the pollen in the air.

Nettle pollen sheds puffs into the air resembling fungal spores. All species appear to be wind-pollinated.

Do It Yourself Effective Hay Fever Remedies

LOCAL HONEY

Local bees make local honey by traveling around local plants and gathering local pollen, and it’s this local pollen that you are reacting to when you have hay fever.

By ingesting local honey, you can create immunity to the allergens. Note: this isn’t a quick-fix. You should be eating small, therapeutic amounts of local honey throughout the year to gain maximum benefit.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

The EarthClinic says: Apple Cider Vinegar is hands down our favorite remedy for stopping most allergies like pollen, dander, dust, animals food, etc. We aren’t kidding! We wish more people knew about this amazing home remedy for allergies.”

One way to consume apple cider vinegar is to dilute 1-3 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water. Then, consume the drink throughout the day or over the course of a few hours, up to three times a day.

For many people, apple cider vinegar brings a reduction in symptoms within 24 hours.

GINGER

Ginger is a natural antihistamine and can break up congestion. Ginger tea with honey is a tremendous scratchy-throat soother too.

TUMERIC

Turmeric is another spice that could help with treating hay fever and other allergies if other solutions don’t work for you.

A study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that turmeric prevented mast cells from releasing histamine.

 

Late Summer Allergies Worsening? Chenopods Give Way To RAGWEED

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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