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What are over-the-counter medications can treat ragweed allergy?

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For most people with frequent ragweed allergies, nasal steroids are the best treatment. If your symptoms are more mild, an oral antihistamine may be enough. Both are available over-the-counter.

If your doctor says it's OK, start taking medications 2 weeks before ragweed season starts. That way you can stop the allergic reaction before it starts.

Allergy shots taken over months or years can get your body to build tolerance to ragweed. Oral tablets placed under the tongue contain the same type of extracts used in allergy shots.

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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