CHI doctor warns of increased ragweed allergy symptoms

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – If you’ve been dealing with allergy symptoms lately, there’s a reason for it. At this time of year, ragweed is the main culprit and it could cause a number of symptoms.

Ragweed is a weed that grows at this time of year, especially in North America. The flower produces pollen, which causes allergy symptoms that normally occur between early September and late November. According to Aaron Robinson, ear, nose and throat specialist for CHI Health, the recent dry spell is why you may have been experiencing even more severe allergy symptoms throughout September.

“Pollen is very light, air moves quickly and easily,” Robinson said. “Even if you don’t live here in town where there’s a lot of ragweed, it can spread all over town and even other neighborhoods because it moves very easily in the wind.”

If you’re feeling unwell, it can sometimes be hard to tell if it’s allergies, a cold, or even COVID-19. Usually, when it comes to seasonal allergies, you will have a runny nose, itchy throat, or itchy eyes. Robinson said any type of itching, whether in the eyes, throat or ears, is normally a common symptom of allergies. But, if you feel tired or have a fever, these are signs that it’s probably something more than allergies.

“A lot of people are worried about this COVID-19, is it a cold, these allergies and it’s confusing,” Robinson said. “This leads to many people missing days of work and seeking treatment or antibiotics which may or may not be needed. The first thing to think about is if you’ve had this kind of thing before and if it usually happens the same type of year, that’s usually a good clue, there could be an allergic type reaction.

Robinson advises wearing a hat and sunglasses to avoid allergies if you know you’ll be outdoors. Shower and change your clothes as soon as you get home, and if you know you have particularly severe allergies at this time of year, over-the-counter medications should help.

If you can’t get rid of a scratchy throat or runny nose even after using nasal sprays and allergy pills, Robinson said it’s a good idea to see your doctor or a doctor. specialist and determine exactly how to combat the symptoms.

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