North Texas

Ragweed Season Could Get Boost From Rain

It’s fall in North Texas and that means high ragweed counts, which isn’t good news for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Tuesday is expected to bring a good amount of rain, which will temporarily bring down those ragweed counts, but experts said the keyword here is temporary.

“As that rain comes in, it's going to wash that pollen out and drop those levels temporarily until the rain stops and the temperature rises,” said Dr. Kenny Carter Jr., an ear, nose and throat doctor at Collin County ENT.

As soon as the rain clears, the ragweed plants will grow and release blooms, which will mean more pollen in the air and more sneezes for allergy sufferers.

“Try to stay inside when it's warm and breezy. A daily nasal steroid spray is a good maintenance medication. Irrigation sprays and antihistamines can make a big difference, too,” said Carter.

The typical ragweed season ranges from mid-August through November or until the first frost.

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