Fall allergy season starts mid August and runs until the first good frost in September or evenuntil mid October. So, what can you do when you have a sore throat, itchy swollen eyes and a runny nose?
Knowing why is the first step. Ragweed is the most common cause of fall seasonal allergies. Did you know, one plant can release up to a million grains of pollen per day and up to one billion in a season? The grains get carried off by the wind and can travel up to 250 km away. That is a lot of pollen and a great distance for just a single plant. Imagine how much pollen is produced in a season if you had 10 plants or even a hundred?
Unfortunately, for those 20 to 25 per cent of Canadians who suffer from fall allergies, ragweed pollen is one of the highest causes of allergic reactions. It can trigger anywhere from mild to severe symptoms including irritated, puffy and or itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat.
Ragweed lives everywhere. It loves cracks in sidewalks, unmowed lots and roadside ditches. Once the plant is fully matured, it only takes seconds to release enough pollen ...