High ragweed pollen counts across the state this week have allergy sufferers sniffing and sneezing.
WCCO reports warm, dry and windy weather is making hay fever symptoms more miserable.
Dr. Scott Nicholas, of Eisenstadt Allergy & Asthma, tells the television station that rain can provide temporary relief, however the season usually lasts through the end of September. CBS Chicago reported ragweed season in the Midwest lasts 12 days longer compared to about 20 years ago, partly due to warmer temperatures.
“A single ragweed plant may release one million pollen grains in just one day,” said allergist Richard Weber, MD, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) president. “Mold spores are also everywhere this time of year and may outnumber pollen grains in the air, even when the pollen season is at its worst.”
To ease symptoms, Nicholas suggests closing windows at home, avoiding outdoor activity in the morning when pollen counts are higher and limiting time outside on hot and windy days--heat causes blooming of ragweed while wind spreads the pollen.
According to ACAAI, hay fever affects as many as 15 percent of adults and children.