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8/19/2013 10:44:00 AM
Fall has arrived, ragweed pollen in the air

According to Dr. Steve Kagen, the fall allergy and asthma season has arrived.

“But this year is really different,” Kagen said. “Tree pollination started 32 days late in April instead of March, and ragweed arrived nine days earlier than usual.”

Thousands of children and adults in Northeast Wisconsin suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, and sinus headaches due to pollen allergies.

Allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, sinus headaches as well as coughing and wheezing.

Nearly 30 percent of people develop allergic reactions to environmental allergens such as weed pollens, mold spores, and animal dander.

Allergic rhinitis affects nearly one in three children, causing them to be inattentive in school and suffer from nasal congestion, fatigue, and sinus headaches.

“The most important thing to do is make an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms, so you know exactly what is wrong. The best treatment for allergy symptoms is avoidance, but it will be impossible to avoid ragweed allergens this fall,” Kagen said. “When avoidance is not effective, non-sedating antihistamines can help. But the only treatment available that prevents allergy symptoms is allergy injections.”

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