Not the average weed

Ragweed Pollen Causing a Significant Increase For Fall Allergies

Ragweed is the most common cause for fall allergies. (Loxosceles/Flickr)

by Tatiana Ramirez
Health and Sports Editor 

It’s green, leafy, and it’s considered a weed. However, instead of a feeling of euphoria and the giggles, this weed is the cause of watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and a feeling of exhaustion.

A little research finds the culprit: ragweed. This weed is very common in grass, yard planters, and in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways. The weed grows during the summer, after its soaked up rain and gotten enough sunlight. With the winds and mild storms we’ve been having, this pollen has heavily infiltrated our air. Cutting grass or other activities on the lawn can bring one into direct contact with ragweed pollen and is not noticeable until the sneezing and sniffling has already begun.

Fox News reports that this allergy season will end, or at least diminish, after the first frost. However, since the desert isn’t likely to get a fronst, this allergy season will continue indefinitely. Keep these tips in mind as allergy season gets into full swing.

One way to reduce exposure to the weed’s pollen is to change clothes upon entering the home and to wear sunglasses while outside to protect the eyes.  Some other tips from ABC are to shower frequently and keep windows closed.  Women’s Health also suggests replacing air conditioning filters and heading to the beach, where ragweed is uncommon.

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