Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the makers of REACTINE®. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I really enjoy the late summer months, the temperatures are more livable and everything in my outdoor space is thriving. The grass is green, the shrubs are full, the flowers are blooming. Oh wait, aaachhoooo! Yes, the ragweed is in full bloom too. Don’t let ragweed rule! Get educated on the causes, symptoms and the treatments for ragweed allergy symptoms. Check out the REACTINE® Allergy Guide for all your need to know information.
Ragweed is a weed that can grow almost anywhere but especially in the east and midwest North America. From August to November, ragweed blooms and releases pollen—a very fine powder also made by trees, grasses, and flowers. In many areas of the country, ragweed pollen levels are highest in mid-September. Here in my area, I have ragweed growing in the field next to the house. I can’t get away from it. Opening windows isn’t an option for me in the late summer months.
Ragweed allergy symptoms include sneezing; runny or stuffy nose; itchy throat or inside of ears; hives; and swollen eyelids and itchy eyes. This is often called hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Some people also develop asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing. When I first started to suffer from ragweed allergies, I actually thought I was allergic to our dog! I can’t even describe how itchy my nose and eyes were. I scratched them almost raw. Bittersweet to find out it is ‘just’ ragweed allergies. They can be managed with a little effort.
Don’t Let Ragweed Rule: Here’s a few pointers to help you cope with Ragweed season:
- Check the pollen count for your area at Reactine.ca or follow @ReactineCA on Twitter for local pollen forecasts and stay indoors when the count is high.
- Wash your hands often. Pollen can stick to your hands when you touch something outside or a pet, if it has been outside.
- Change out of your outdoor work clothes when you come in the house; they may have pollen on them.
- Clean and replace furnace and air conditioner filters often. Using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters is recommended, which remove at least 99 percent of pollen, as well as animal dander, dust and other particles.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than outdoor clothes lines. I really enjoy having crisp clean bedding from the clothes line but I seriously cannot tolerate it at certain times of the year.
- Using an allergy medication to help relieve the symptoms of Ragweed and other seasonal allergies is a great way to help you enjoy your late summer days without all the sneezing and itching. I have found that REACTINE® has been a tremendous help to me and my little one throughout allergy season. I prefer the Extra Strength REACTINE® Liquid Gels for myself because they provide long-lasting relief and they don’t make me drowsy. For my little one, I trust REACTINE® Junior FAST MELT ™ Tablets because they dissolve quickly and taste good! Kid approved!
Try these tips to help relieve your allergy symptoms. Check out REACTINE® for your $3 off coupon and while you’re there register for Healthy Essentials to keep up with the news and great savings!
How do you or a family member cope with their seasonal allergies?