Worst Ragweed Season In Years

By: Belinda Post
By: Belinda Post

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If you've heard coughing and sneezing, you're not alone. It's ragweed season and high rain fall means the weeds are in full bloom.

That's something Jennifer Johnson knows all too well. Johnson has struggled with fall weed allergies for years. Now she sees Dr. Van Strickland to treat her symptoms.

"My eyes, for the first time a few years ago started swelling up and draining," explained Johnson.

Symptoms like those may be more common this year. Kansas saw a solid month of rain which helped the ragweed reach full blossom.

That means trouble for those with ragweed allergies living in the Midwest explained Dr. Strickland.

When someone with allergies comes in contact with ragweed, their body reacts to the pollen as a threat. Dr. Strickland explained the body is reacting to a false threat.

Treatments for this kind of allergic reaction include antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays.

Allergists can provide stronger relief with various steroid and other treatments that make living with allergies more manageable.

Ragweed season started August 15 and usually ends around November when the cold weather kills the weed.


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