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Preventative strategies for dealing with ragweed allergies include avoiding the outdoors in the morning -- when pollen count is at its highest -- and keeping windows in your home and car closed to lower exposure to pollen, among other things. Although the season runs from August to November, pollen levels usually peak in mid-September in many areas in the country.

What Are Ragweed Allergies?

Ragweed and other weeds -- such as curly dock, lambs quarters, pigweed, plantain, sheep sorrel, and sagebrush -- are some of the most prolific producers of pollen allergens.
 
Although the ragweed pollen season runs from August to November, pollen levels usually peak in mid-September in many areas of the country.
 
In addition, pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and on dry, hot, and windy days.
 

Preventive Strategies for Ragweed Allergies

Some preventive strategies for dealing with ragweed allergies include:
 
  • Avoid the outdoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Save outside activities for late afternoon or after a heavy rain, when pollen levels are lower.
     
  • Keep windows in your home and car closed to lower exposure to pollen. To keep cool, use air conditioners, and avoid using window and attic fans.
     
  • Be aware that pollen can also be transported indoors on people and pets.
     
  • Dry your clothes in an automatic dryer rather than hanging them outside. Otherwise, pollen can collect on clothing and be carried indoors.
     
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