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Ragweed Allergy Relief Tips

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:55 pm on September 10, 2013

Ragweed Allergy Atlanta

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Atlanta’s allergy forecast is in the medium-high range for this week. The main allergy producer is ragweed. Pollen from ragweed causes sneezing, runny or stuff nose, and itchy throat.

Ragweed Allergy Treatments

There are many treatments available for ragweed allergies.

1. Over the counter medicines. You can take the following to help relieve your symptoms.

  • Decongestants to clear stuffy noses.
  • Antihistamines to reduce hay fever symptoms.
  • Nasal corticosteroids to reduce nasal swelling.

2. Avoid or limit contact with ragweed.

  • Limit outdoor time.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear a dust mask when cutting the grass.
  • Don’t hang your clothes out to dry outdoors – use your home’s dryer instead.
  • Keep windows closed.

3. Visit an allergist doctor. He or she can:

  • Prescribe prescription strength medicines to help relieve your symptoms.
  • Give you allergy shots.
  • Give you detailed advice for your allergy.

4. Heating and Air Conditioning System Enhancements.

  • Keep your home’s filters cleaned and replaced often.
  • Install a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) or other higher efficiency air filter to remove 99% of pollen, dust, and other particles.
  • Keep windows closed.
  • Repair or replace leaky ductwork.
  • Install a whole-house dehumidifier to promote healthier indoor air quality.
  • Regular HVAC maintenance will make sure your heating and air conditioning system is clean and free of debris.

Ragweed Allergy Solutions – Indoor Air Quality Atlanta

The forecast is for a continued increase in ragweed pollens over the next six weeks.  If you have any questions or need additional advice related to reducing indoor ragweed pollen exposure, please call Empire Heating and Air Conditioning at 404-294-0900. We can help you improve your home’s indoor air quality, which will help minimize your family’s ragweed symptoms.