Allergists Offer Ragweed Survival Guide
The start of back-to-school season also marks the start of ragweed misery for one in five Americans. Find relief from the sneezing, stuffy nose and watery eyes caused by this pesky weed. Follow these tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI):
Start taking allergy medications in early August.
Get treated for pet allergies year-round to make ragweed allergies more
tolerable. New research suggests allergies to dogs, cats or dust mites
"prime" the system, making hay fever suffering even worse.
Stay inside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. If you must be outside, wear a
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved
N95 respirator mask.
Protect your eyes with glasses or sunglasses that fit close to your face.
Steer clear of air pollutants.