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How can you lower your risk for ragweed allergy?

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Avoiding ragweed allergies can be hard. But during ragweed season, try to:

Track pollen counts. Check them in the newspaper or on the web. Stay inside when they're high.

Avoid peak ragweed hours. Limit your time outside between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Counts are lower in the early morning and late afternoon.

Keep windows closed. At home and in the car, don’t open the windows. Using central air conditioning with a HEPA filter will keep you cool and help filter out pollen.

Change your clothes and wash your hands after you've been outside. Ragweed can stick to skin or clothing.

From: Ragweed Allergy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Ragweed Plants Packed with Pollen Are Back."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Sublingual Immunotherapy," "Ragweed Allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA): "Ragweed Allergy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Ragweed Plants Packed with Pollen Are Back."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Sublingual Immunotherapy," "Ragweed Allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA): "Ragweed Allergy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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