Cincinnati--From August until October, ragweed season reigns
throughout the Ohio River valley. "People who are allergic to ragweed
can be miserable this time of year," says David Bernstein, MD,
professor of Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine at the
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. "Ragweed pollen is the
most common cause of allergic rhinitis and pollen asthma in North
America," says Bernstein. "Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include dark
circles under the eyes due to nasal congestion, tearing eyes,
obstructed nasal passages, sore throats, and ear aches. Allergic
rhinitis can lead to sinusitis, ear infections, and flares of asthma in
those with strong allergic reactions."
Bernstein's advice to decrease ragweed allergy symptoms:
- Limit outdoor activities to the evening because ragweed pollen levels are highest in the morning.
- Remain in air conditioning, whenever possible.
a physician to treat current symptoms. Some prescription medications
can help minimize symptoms and have fewer side effects than others.
antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays may provide some
relief. "Read and Heed" labels on all medications before attempting to
For more information, call Bernstein at (513) 558-3612.