Do you think that you may be allergic to ragweed? Ragweed pollen is one of the most common causes of seasonal allergies, also called allergic rhinitis or “hay fever.” In this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma, we’ll take a look at a few common ragweed pollen allergy symptoms and discuss ways to deal with ragweed allergies.
Most people think of spring when they think of the peak of allergy season. But ragweed starts releasing its pollen in early August through November, with pollen levels typically peaking in late September. There are 17 different species of ragweed in the U.S. It grows all throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States, often in fields, roadsides, vacant lots, and riverbanks.
Ragweed releases a very fine, powdery pollen that can be spread exceptionally easily. Some ragweed plants can produce as many as a million grains of pollen per day. That helps explain why, by some estimates, ragweed causes up to 50% of all seasonal allergies in the United States.