Did you know that 36 million Americans suffer from ragweed allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). If you are sneezing and have itchy eyes it very well may be Ragweed, but there are also many other allergens.
Ragweed usually starts during the last part of summer and continues into November. The peak time is mid-September. Ragweed goes in rural areas, but its pollen travels quite a distance so you do not have to live in a rural area, even people who live in the city suffer from this allergy.
It seems that more people every year are having problems with Ragweed. Why is that? One theory is due to Global Warming that causes the spores to be more prevalent in the air and increases the length of time that the pollen thrives. This also increases the probability of being more sensitive to the ragweed trigger, therefore magnifying your reaction.
Another theory is that our immune systems have been compromised and overburdened by all the environmental toxicity that were are exposed to daily and our unhealthy diets that are also full of toxins.
Here are some tips that will help you manage your late summer allergies:
1. Save outdoor activities for cooler days or right after it rains because ragweed pollen and other spores are usually washed away.
2. Try not to be outside on warm and windy days when the pollen spores are more prevalent. Keep close track of the pollen count which you can do just by watching your local weather report or on your own computer weather watch.
3. Ragweed is also highest during the day between 5 and 10 am. So it would be good idea to try to stay inside and keep your closed windows in the early morning to try to minimize your symptoms. Run an air conditioner that can filter out large pollen particles and not window fans which draw pollen in. Try to do your outdoor activities in the afternoon.
4. Keep you car windows closed and run the air-conditioning.
5. If at all possible don’t hang your clothes outside to dry because they will collect pollen and aggravate your symptoms.
6. After being outside immediately change your clothes, take your shoes off at your door so you don’t track pollen through your house, do some skin brushing with a loathe brush, wash your hair, and take a shower.
7. Try some herbal remedies to help control, ease, and desensitize your symptoms and even a remedy to support and strengthen your immune. According to the Readers Digest Butterbur due to its anti-inflammatory properties can help do reduce symptoms. Make sure you get plenty of vitamin C is a natural antihistamine.
Allergies are never fun to deal with, but small things we do can make a big difference. Eating a healthy organic diet, preservative free, dye free, and no GMO’s can help a great deal by keeping your body and immune system strong. Living a green lifestyle and avoiding as many contaminants as possible is extremely important in controlling all allergies and their symptoms.
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