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Ragweed And Allergies

Ragweed And Allergies

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 31 , 1969

Ragweed is the number one cause of allergies in the spring. Ragweed can also be an annoyance because these weeds spread pollen all over the place. 

The pollen from ragweed is more aggressive because the body reacts to the pollen as if it were a threat. Ragweed is not harmful itself, but your body may overact to the bombardment of ragweed pollen by producing antibodies from the immune system. The protein from the pollen acts as an unstable combination in the bloodstream. The bloodstream produces histamine which causes a reaction in the form allergies. This can come in the form of hay fever and other forms of severe, allergic reactions. Many people believe they are suffering from the flu, but it is most likely hay fever or some other allergic reaction that is related to the pollen. 

Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and hacking cough. Always check with a physician to get a proper diagnosis. There are all kinds of medicines to relieve allergies if you are someone who suffers allergies regularly.

There is not much one can do to get rid of ragweed since it is widespread across the country. If gardening outside, ragweed can be especially annoying. If you are successful in getting rid of ragweed at your home, you’ll still have to encounter the pollen in other places. However, getting rid of pollen in your area will reduce any reaction you or your family members may have. If you do not know what ragweed looks like, then search for any upright plants with fern-looking leaves and fuzzy stems. The most basic thing you can do when it comes to getting rid of ragweed is to mow the lawn on a regular basis along with trimming down any side areas where ragweed is growing. If concerned that ragweed will threaten you plants then be sure to pull the ragweed out later in the spring before they have a chance to grow during the summer and fall seasons. Make sure to get rid of all ragweed roots; even a small amount of leftover roots can foster ragweed growth. This is also a good way to keep ragweed out of your garden if you are allergic. Organic pesticides are best for killing ragweed directly. Find out which are the best natural ingredients for killing ragweed by asking your local nursery. It is your choice whether or not to go organic, but with organic, you can also make natural weed killer at home, and organic ingredients are not harmful to plants if you have a garden to maintain. Spraying any pesticide on ragweed will the plants instantly.

If you are someone who is allergic and you still want to get rid of ragweed then try wearing a painter’s mask to protect your nose and mouth. Ragweed is one of the more aggressive weeds because they not only annoy humans but can choke and hamper vegetable and flower growth. Those with allergic reactions should try getting rid of ragweed around your home. 

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