Take steps to reduce your ragweed exposure
The dog days of late summer bring more than hot, muggy weather to Austin-area residents—they also bring the annoying and often miserable symptoms that accompany ragweed season. Our Austin allergists can help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose and itchy watery eyes by providing medications and performing allergy ragweed testing. In addition, we provide you with some important tips to reduce ragweed exposure and help you survive ragweed season, August through November.
Indoor ragweed exposure
There are several ways to reduce ragweed exposure inside your home.
- Keep doors and windows closed to keep ragweed pollen from entering your home. You should also use air conditioning in your car and keep the windows up.
- Wash bedding in hot water each week.
- Use a clothes dryer instead of a clothes line.
- Change your clothes immediately after coming inside to keep the ragweed pollen on your clothes from falling onto inside surfaces.
Outdoor ragweed exposure
Our Austin allergists know that you can’t stay indoors all day, but there are ways to reduce ragweed exposure in the great outdoors as well.
- Check the ragweed pollen count. We post it on our website www.allergistsofaustin.com. Try to limit your outdoor activities on days that the ragweed pollen count is high.
- Avoid being outdoors on hot, windy days when the ragweed pollen count is at its highest.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ragweed pollen.
- Wear a hat to keep ragweed pollen out of your hair.
- Wear a mask when doing yard work or mowing the lawn. If your symptoms are severe, consider asking a family member, friend or lawn service to do it for you.
Our Austin allergists can diagnose and treat ragweed allergies for symptom relief
Reduce ragweed exposure as much as possible to control your symptoms. In addition, discuss allergy shots and allergy drops with our Austin allergists. Both types of immunotherapy are an excellent way to reduce problems caused by ragweed. Contact us to learn more.