Ragweed Allergy Season
The SYMPTOMS of RAGWEED ALLERGY
However, the most common ragweed allergy symptoms include:
- itchy, watery eyes.
- scratchy throat.
- runny nose or congestion.
- coughing or wheezing.
- sinus pressure, which may cause facial pain.
- swollen, bluish-colored skin beneath the eyes.
- decreased sense of smell or taste.
- poor sleep quality.
What Causes a ragweed allergy?
A ragweed allergy occurs when the immune system has an unfitting response to ragweed pollen. Usually, the immune system promotes chemical changes in the body that help fight off harmful invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. In people with ragweed allergies, however, the immune system mistakenly identifies the harmless pollen as a dangerous intruder and begins to fight against it.
People who are allergic to other substances are more likely to be allergic to ragweed pollen. You’re at an increased risk for ragweed allergies if you’re also allergic to:
- dust mites
- pet dander
- other types of pollens, such as tree pollen
How Is a Ragweed Allergy Treated?
Ragweed pollen is very difficult to avoid, so you’ll probably experience continuous allergic reactions. However, there are numerous different treatments that can help relieve ragweed allergy symptoms.
Medicines that can ease symptoms include:
- antihistamines, such as loratadine (Claritin) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or oxymetazoline (Afrin nasal spray)
- nasal corticosteroids, such as fluticasone (Flonase) or mometasone (Nasonex)
- medications that combine an antihistamine and decongestant, such as Actifed and Claritin-D
Allergy Shots & Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Your doctor may recommend allergy shots if medications aren’t working. Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy that involves a series of injections of the allergen. The amount of allergen in the shot gradually increases over time. The shots modify your body’s response to the allergen, helping to reduce the severity of your allergic reactions. You may experience complete relief within one to three years after starting allergy shots.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative method of treating allergies without weekly injections. Treatment involves daily dosing of self-administered allergy drops under your tongue. This safe and effective treatment is custom formulated based on your individual test results. Allergy drops are an excellent option for children, patients who are unable to commit to weekly injection appointments, and those looking for sooner symptom relief.
Arrange your allergy consultation
If you exhibit any of a ragweed allergy, don’t hesitate to call Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat today. You can reach our office by calling (732) 280-7855. We look forward to addressing your concerns and helping you find the best solution for your allergy issues.