Don’t Suffer with Hay Fever from Ragweed Allergies – Breathe Easy with Weed Allergy Treatments by New York City’s Dr. Shukla
Hay fever is a common condition caused by allergies that is sometimes mistaken for a cold. It usually causes congestion, watery eyes, itching, sneezing, and runny nose. This is caused by a reaction between your body’s immune system and airborne pollen, which causes the body to release histamines and other chemicals. If you experience these allergy symptoms consistently during the cool fall months, you are likely suffering from weed allergies.
Types of Weed Allergies in New York City
Weed allergies are caused by one of the heartiest and most prolific plants in existence: ragweed. Ragweed gets its name from the coarse, hairy appearance of the plant, which smells unpleasant and has no pretty flowers. It has been impossible to eradicate and thrives in disturbed or eroded soil, such as that found near construction sites. In the fall, these plants spew large quantities of pollen into the air, causing hay fever in people throughout the city. Fortunately, these plants produce more pollen during dry years and precipitation has been heavy in New York City recently. This is not the only type of weed allergy, however, which is why it is important to be tested for other types of allergies.
Other weeds that cause allergies include:
- Common Wormwood
- English Plantain
- Rough Marshelder
- Rough Pigweed
- Sour Dock
At-Home Allergy Treatments for Weed Allergies
- Stay indoors, especially in the early morning when pollen levels are highest.
- Shower off after outdoor activities to remove pollen from your skin and hair.
- Roll up your windows when traveling by car.
- Use electrostatic filters in your home.