Are you struggling with allergies right now? If so, you're definitely not alone. The calendar may read August, but allergies are sky high across the region.
Even those who don't typically suffer from allergies may be feeling the effects of "secondary allergy season." It begins in mid-August and lasts through the end of September.
The allergens being referred to are multiple types of weeds with the "big one" beingragweed.
There are two species of ragweed it that are significantly more common than the others: giant ragweed and short ragweed. Both can cause severe allergies.
And, unfortunately, it is found in every state except Alaska. It typically grows in abandoned lots, untreated fields, along highways, and along riversides. It can appear in other spots as well.
pollen.com Ragweed has a severe "allergenicity" according to pollen.com
. In other words, it has an extremely high ability to cause allergic reactions to a large number of people. It's often considered the most common and widespread seasonal allergen in the United States.
The symptoms associated with ragweed allergies, according to