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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 of year, it may be due to ragweed allergies.

Symptoms include watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing.

Ragweed is common through much of the US, and has been extremely 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 would encourage them to take regular, daily medications through the fall to help prevent 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 about good medicines that help control that, or possibly allergy shots to help control those symptoms. The biggest thing is to be proactive rather than wait ‘til things get bad."

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

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