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Can ragweed allergy cross-react with spaghetti squash? Could this be the reason I seem to have more food allergies diagnosed in the Fall?

Can ragweed allergy cross-react with spaghetti squash? Could this be the reason I seem to have more food allergies diagnosed in the Fall?

Not aware: Although ragweed can cross react with melon/cantaloupe and perhaps even banana, I am not aware of any association with spaghetti squash. Whether you have a true food allergy or not should not change with season although the symptoms may be more severe with higher exposure to allergens of any kind. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Sleepytime & tension tamer tea by celestial seasoning, any risks for high blood pressure or drug interactions?Ragweed allergy should I avoid chamomile

Sleepytime & tension tamer tea by celestial seasoning, any risks for high blood pressure or drug interactions?Ragweed allergy should I avoid chamomile

No problem: I have not found any ingredient in these herbal tea which would cause hypertension. As for ragweed allergy, you are actually allergic to the airborne pollen and not to the flower itself. Even if the chamomile pollen in the flower cross-react with ragweed, it will be highly unlikely to cause you allergic symptoms given that the chamomile would have been subjected to processing and heating . ...Read more

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Whats best way to deal with ragweed allergy?

Whats best way to deal with ragweed allergy?

Multiple: Any of the otc allergy medications, such as claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra will help. For eye symptoms, try zaditor (ketotifen). ...Read more

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What is the medical term for ragweed allergy?

Ragweed: Allergy to ambrosia artermisifolia in the asteracea family but most of us call it a ragweed allergy. ...Read more

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When does ragweed allergy season end?

Ragweed season: Depends on the part of the country you're in. Generally, however, it runs from mid-july until the first hard frost. ...Read more

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Dirty air in your house a risk if ragweed allergy?

NO: Ragweed is a specific plant, which usually results in allergy symptoms in the fall. ...Read more

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Can you get itchy skin from ragweed allergy?

Can you get itchy skin from ragweed allergy?

Yes: Ragweed, besides causing typical allergy symptoms of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, is a photosensitizer; so the combination of ragweed oil on the skin plus sunlight can cause itching. ...Read more

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When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

Don't worry about it: I don't know if any body has taken it over the rockies. But it is not supposed to be in california. If some body did take it over then it should still bloom around august 15th .In areas of no frost in southern california, it would behave like in southern florida where it blooms again in the end of april. ...Read more

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Ragweed allergy or something else? Does it even matter which pollens are the problem?

Ragweed allergy or something else?  Does it even matter which pollens are the problem?

Allergic rhinits: Allergy to pollen, ragweed or otherwise, produce the same symptoms of nasal stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose and eyes and puffy eyelids. Also, treatment is the same. ...Read more