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I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?
It's ok to be...: It's ok to be allergic to ragweed pollen. Many people are allergic to a variety of pollens. A primary care provider can help take care of such allergies. A "DC" usually means a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, so nobody knows what chiropractors are doing when they make medical recommendations. If worried, one can bring the supplement to his real medical doctor to ask about it. ...Read more
Meds, Avoidance: Ragweed allergy presents with congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip (season from August to first frost). See an Allergist in order to confirm suspicion. Intranasal steroid sprays and non-sedating antihistamines can be helpful as well as avoidance measures (keeping car and house windows close, avoid high pollen counts). Also allergy shots or new sublingual tablets. ...Read more
Ragweed hater: Ragweed, a weed that pollenates from mid august till later september, is a major cause of respiratory allergy symptoms in much of the usa. The extent and severity of symptoms is dependent upon amount of exposure, degree of sensitivity, organ system involvement, and response to treatment. Therefore symptoms can very from mild to potentially life threatening. ...Read more