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Waging War on Ragweed Allergies

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August is one of the most enjoyable months of the summer—unless you suffer from ragweed allergies. The pollen from the flowering plant is infamous for causing allergic symptoms (i.e., chronic sneezing, congested, runny nose, and post nasal drip) and rhinitis (or hay fever) in sufferers, particularly in North America.

Luckily, you can survive hay fever season with these eight tips…

 

1. Recognize the Source

The first, and perhaps the most important, method for steering clear of ragweed is to identify it so you can keep your distance. I had the weed growing in my front garden and assumed it was goldenrod. Ragweed grows in a flowering plant that’s roughly six to 8 inches in height. While goldenrod sprouts pretty golden flowers that birds and honeybees just adore—its pollen is sticky so it doesn’t spread via wind like ragweed’s does. Ragweed, on the other hand, doesn’t sprout bright yellow flowers, and the leaves are split, whereas goldenrod leaves appear in flat connected leaves.

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