The reprieve is over for seasonal allergy sufferers. Ragweed is raging in our region.
While many people may regard spring as prime pollen season, pollen from ragweed can make one of the most beautiful months in Vermont unbearable. Pollen counts taken at Timber Lane Allergy and Asthma reached high levels this week, and they're expected to continue through September.
"This would be the peak time. This week will be the peak because today it's heavy rain that will filter, that will knock all the pollens and particles out of the air. So today might be a bit of a reprieve, but the plants are still there doing their thing so they'll rebound as the rain stops, and typically the last week in August, first week in September would be the high time," said Dr. Ed Kent of Timber Lane.
Kent says ragweed pollen will be present in the environment until the first heavy frost this fall, or when it finally burns out at the end of September. He says the best medicine for many is a monthly dose of immunotherapy via a shot, but if not, daily antihistamines, eye drops and inhalers will relieve allergy sufferers' symptoms.
Nationally, about 23 million Americans suffer from seasonal hay fever.
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