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10 Worst Plants for Allergy Sufferers

Stuffy and runny nose, sore throat, headache—these can be the symptoms of a nasty cold. But they can also be a sign that one is struggling with allergies. Often, these allergies are triggered by plants in our environment, from flowers (like chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, and goldenrod) to shrubs (like cypress, juniper, and wisteria), trees (like beech, birch, and cedar) and grasses (like fescue, Johnson, and June).

It can be helpful to become familiar with these plants and develop a strategy for alleviating your symptoms. So, let’s get started with a list of the top ten plants known to cause allergy problems…


1. Ragweed

Ragweed is quite possibly the most problematic plant for allergies. Unfortunately, it can be found just about anywhere—from fields to riverbanks and roadside ditches. Stateside, it’s most prominent in the Midwest and Mississippi River basin, but it’s hardly restricted to those regions. According to the American College for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the worst time for ragweed is the summer and fall.

The best strategy for dealing with a ragweed allergy is to avoid the plant altogether. You can also take medicine, prescribed by a professional allergist, to help relieve symptoms. Some people will need to get allergy shots because it can be extremely difficult to avoid ragweed.

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