1) Get a jump start- Mid-August is when ragweed starts to bloom. Mark your calendars so you can start your medications before the plants get into full swing.
2) Keep pollen outside- shower if spending the day in the park, wipe dogs down with a wet wash clothe and keep your windows closed to prevent the pollen from entering your home.
3) See an Allergist- an allergist will test you to identify what you're sensitive to and create a personalized plan for you and give you advice on how to prevent symptoms.
4) Consider a cure- if non-prescription medication isn't controlling your symptoms, consider allergy shots and/or sublingual treatment for allergies. Recently released there are now pills you can take to orally desensitize yourself to ragweed pollen called Ragwitek.
5) Don't stop your medications- Because the nasal and eye symptoms of associated with ragweed allergies can linger after the pollen can no longer be detected in the air , don’t stop your allergy medication immediately.
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