The word ragweed is often enough to make people sneeze. It is the most notorious weed for causing allergy symptoms, but is one of many weed pollen allergies.

Weeds that can cause allergic reactions include:

  • Cocklebur
  • Dock
  • English plantain
  • Kochia
  • Lambs quarters
  • Marsh Elder
  • Mugwort
  • Pigweed
  • Ragweed
  • Russian thistle
  • Sagebrush

These weeds pollinate from late June to late September and cause allergic rhinitis symptoms for most allergy sufferers. As plant pollens pass through the air, people breathe it in and their body tries to fight against it.

Weed pollen allergy cause symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headaches
  • Eye and throat irritation

Watching pollen counts can help you choose the day’s activities, whether it’s inside or outside. Taking antihistamines and using nasal sprays can also help to reduce weed pollen allergy symptoms temporarily.

The only way to stop symptoms long term is to retrain the immune system through immunotherapy. Sublingual immunotherapy is a simple and convenient treatment that may help reduce or eliminate symptoms completely.

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