Loyola test shows early return of ragweed

Ragweed. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.
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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Your allergies bad today?

Maybe it’s because ragweed has returned.

Loyola University Health System reports the early return of ragweed, a sure trigger of summer allergies.

Here is a report from Loyola University Health System:

Later summer triggers ragweed allergies in 10 to 20 percent of Americans and today spells misery for those with sensitive systems. Ragweed pollen was reported for the first time in the 2014 allergy reporting season, causing a pollen vortex of sneezing, itching and headaches for Midwesterners.

“The ragweed pollen is showing up about one week earlier this year than last year,” says Joseph Leija, MD, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count of the Midwest. “With the high mold count and moderate weed count, the presence of ragweed will make breathing difficult for many.”

Monday, August 4, 2014, was the first count featuring ragweed. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count for the Midwest, for August 4 is No Trees, No Grass, Mold High, Weeds Moderate and Ragweed Low

Typical pollen seasons are: Trees in March to May; Grass in May to June; Weeds and Ragweed in mid-August to October and Mold all season long depending on dampness.


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