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Ragweed Allergy Symptoms

ragweed allergy symptoms include sneezing

Is the fall approaching or already here? Are your allergies starting to act up and you're sneezing more and more? You very likely could be suffering from ragweed allergies.

Ragweed allergy symptoms are caused when you come in contact with the airborne pollen from the ragweed plant. It either enters your body when you are breathing, or it comes in contact with your eyes or skin.

As your immune system attempts to repel the foreign allergens, it releases chemicals into your blood stream. These chemicals are responsible for the allergy symptoms you experience.

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In any case, ragweed allergies are going to be very similar to the symptoms caused by all other types of airborne allergens, including trees and grasses.

If you do have ragweed allergies, you most likely have allergies of all other types as well. Although it sucks, the silver lining is that you are going to make it. In fact, from talking to friends and co-workers, I've found that the more allergies someone has, the better a job they end up doing of treating them.

So, read below and find out what the symptoms of ragweed allergies are, and then take a look below at the other recommended pages on this site. If you spend more than 30 seconds on it, you're going to learn the same well roudned approach I use to treat - or entirely prevent - my allergies all year long.

Most Common Symptoms

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  • Occurs in the fall months: July-October
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes and redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy skin
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Post-nasal drip (nasal drainage down your throat)
  • Sore or scratchy throat, sowllen glands

Long Term Effects of Ragweed Allergies

When you think about allergies and their symptoms, you usually think sneezing and wheezing. But allergies can affect your body in so many other ways, both short-term and long-term.

If you find yourself being affected with the following symptoms, you should definitely consider a more well roudned allergy treatment regimen.

  • Irritable mood
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep
  • Reduced alertness
  • Headache
  • Hearing blockages
  • Swollen lips
  • Lost sense of smell or taste

Do you have Ragweed Allergies or Something Else?

giant ragweed allergies occur in the fall months

It's always beneficial to be aware of the other potential causes of your symptoms. If you don't have a daignosis from an allergist, and you diagnose yourself, you take the risk of identifying the wrong thing as the source of your allergies.

If your symptoms are occuring in the fall months, ragweed is very likely your problem, but not always.

A runny nose and sneezing doesn't guarantee that you are being bothered by allergies. You could also have a cold, sinusitis, or even a type of rhinitis that is not caused by allergens.

These non-allergic symptoms mimic allergic reactions but are not the result of the immune system response. Some doctors believe that what many people consider to be allergies are just irritations caused by things such as dust or smoke.

Since you cannot be 'allergic' to these items, you may end up using treatments that are going to be completely inneffective. Medications such as antihistamines won't do a single thing if your runny nose is the result of chemical irritation that is occuring indoors.

However, your body can have a heightened level of sensitivity to irritants, and the resulting symptoms are going to look like allergies.

Other Suggested Pages

Hay Fever Treatment: Hay Fever is a broad term that just means seasonal allergies. This includes ragweed. You should check out all the tips on this page if you want to get a good idea for how to combat allergies in general. There are a lot of useful tips that you aren't likely to figure without any help. I sure didn't.

Types of Rhinitis: Rhinitis is one of those symptoms that looks like allergies, but can be caused by a dozen other things. Skim the types and causes on this page to see if something stands out. This could be another cause of your painful allergy symptoms.