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Ragweed levels high due to summer rains, may remain through fall

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If you find yourself sniffling and sneezing this time ofyear, it may be due to ragweed allergies.

Symptoms include watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, andsneezing.

Ragweed is common through much of the US, and has beenextremely high for two weeks as a result of the abundance of rain this summer.It will likely continue to be high through September and October.

A doctor at the Allergy Center at Brookstone says, "We wouldencourage them to take regular, daily medications through the fall to helpprevent some of the symptoms that they've had. If they are really struggling,we would encourage you to see your doctor, and we can definitely talk aboutgood medicines that help control that, or possibly allergy shots to helpcontrol those symptoms. The biggest thing is to be proactive rather than wait ‘tilthings get bad."

Cartwright also saysragweed is often mistaken for golden rod, which is bright yellow. Both cancause severe allergies and could be around for most of the fall season.

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