By Jill U. Adams, Special To The Washington Post
If you're like me, you're spending portions of your day rubbing your eyes and blowing your nose. It's fall, which means ragweed is releasing pollen into the air and people with ragweed allergies are trying to cope.
If you're like me, you think that by taking an antihistamine every day, you are doing all you can to keep your symptoms at bay. But otherwise, you muddle through your days, tissues by your side, secretly hoping for a hard frost to kill all those pollen-producing weeds.
What else can you do?
Plenty, as it turns out. There are new treatments for people with seasonal allergies to ragweed and grasses (which release pollen in late spring and summer). And there's relatively new advice regarding the over-the-counter allergy medications. There are also reminders for ways to avoid pollen or combat it once you're exposed.
I was glad to learn about some of the newer fixes for my itchiness and sneeziness. I was less pleased to learn that my allergies are likely to get worse with climate change.
"Botanists say that for birch and ragweed, with increasing average temperatures, the amount of pollen produced is increasing," says Sandra Lin, an otolaryngologist ...