Pollen Allergy: Precautions for Ragweed Season

A grim sign for some allergy and asthma sufferers appears as the summer begins to wind down: Ragweed and sagebrush pollens begin to show up for the first time in daily pollen counts. Those pollens are potent allergens for many people, causing them to suffer the itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezes of seasonal allergies or "hay fever", as well as causing their asthma to become worse.

Those people can expect their allergies and asthma to flare up for the months of August and September and possibly longer in different parts of the country. Ragweed and sagebrush pollen levels often persist until the first frost or beyond. It is difficult to predict how bad it will be or how long it will last.

Ragweed season can make allergy sufferers miserable if they don't take precautions. Here are several simple measures that can significantly reduce your suffering:

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