Ragweed allergies are some of the most common in the world.  This is especially true in rural areas where the weed is prominent.  Although many people suffer from a bit of a stuffy nose and watery eyes during the spring and summer months, many are not aware that their problems are being caused by a funny little weed with pretty yellow flowers.  In the country, it is not uncommon for little tykes to bring their mommies large bunches of this pretty little weed, thinking them to be nothing more than pretty wildflowers.  Unfortunately, this has caused many a mother to tear up for more reasons than simply sentimental.

The most common signs of ragweed allergies are watery eyes and a runny nose.  These symptoms are usually easily corrected by taking an antihistamine.  More severe reactions to ragweed allergies can occur, however; and can include such severe reactions as anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction where the throat closes and the suffering begins to have trouble breathing.  This can lead to coma and death if not given medical attention immediately.

Ragweed allergies can also cause asthmatic symptoms in some people, often leading to full blown asthma if left untreated.  If you have been experiencing difficulty breathing during the spring and summer months, you should talk to your doctor immediately to see if it may be due to ragweed allergies.  He or she will most likely prescribe an inhaled steroid for you to use periodically when you find yourself having difficulty drawing a breath.

Other people, especially those who spend quite a bit of time out of doors, may experience an external rash as one of the symptoms of their ragweed allergies.  This can be easily treated with an external steroid ointment, such as a hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine cream.The easiest way to prevent ragweed allergies is to get a prescription from your doctor for a daily antihistamine.  These can include such medications as Claritin, among others. Only your doctor can determine which medication will be best for treating your ragweed allergies, but once you have a prescribed medication, it is important to take it only as directed.

It’s true what they say, that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to dealing with ragweed allergies.  Learning to recognize the weed, and teaching your children to do the same, can go a long way toward being able to keep your distance from it.  Be sure to take any medication as prescribed by your doctor, and you should have no difficulty in keeping your ragweed allergies in check.        

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with allergies caused by ragweed such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Butterbur, flavonoids and eucalyptus oil.

A number of studies have suggested that taking antioxidants such a Vitamin A reduces the risk of bronchoconstriction .  Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels.  DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies’ immune system.  Take 1,000 to 5,000 mg daily.

The Journal of Clinical Investigation report published in December 8, 2005 revealed that taking Vitamin D supplements could help improve the effects of steroid drugs used to treat Asthma.

Vitamin E protects the lung tissue from inhaled pollutants and aids in the functioning of the immune system.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs.  It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Butterbur is a common herbal extract that is highly effective asthma therapy.  As far back as the 17th century, butterbur was used to treat cough, asthma, and skin wounds.

Flavonoids are the brightly colored pigments found in most fruits and vegetables.  When consumed, they have antioxidant properties and have been associated with improved lung junction.

use Eucalyptus or olbas oil in boiling water and inhale the steam that is being generated.  This treatment is also very good for any type of stuffy nose due to a cold, flu or allergy problems.  Both readily diffuse into the air and can provide benefits to nasal and bronchial areas.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

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