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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?

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

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Seasonal suffering from ragweed? Soultions?

Seasonal suffering from ragweed? Soultions?

Ragweed: Avoidance if possible. Traditional (sedating) or non-sedating antihistamines. Nasal steroid spray. Nasalcrom nasal spray. Desensitization therapy (allergy shots). Try otc meds first; if insufficient relief, see fp/allergist for rx or desensitization. ...Read more

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What kind of herb can I use if i'm allergic to ragweed?

What kind of herb can I use if i'm allergic to ragweed?

None: Unfortunately, no herbal remedies have been shown to improve ragweed allergy. ...Read more

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Ragweed allergies, how to deal?

Ragweed allergies, how to deal?

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

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Can you develop severe ragweed allergies?

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

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If i'm allergic to ragweed, should I eat wheat?

If i'm allergic to ragweed, should I eat wheat?

Not necessary: Ragweed is an inhalent allergen. A reaction to ragweed will not be affected by eating wheat. ...Read more

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Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Clean out closets?

Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Clean out closets?

No: Ragweed is a specific plant which normally causes allergy symptoms in the fall. Cleaning your closet may help with dust allergies. ...Read more

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Is there any good remedy for ragweed allergies?

Is there any good remedy for ragweed allergies?

Yes: There are several treatment options for ragweed allergy and allergic rhinitis in general. These include: nasal steroids or nasal antihistamines, oral antihistamines, oral leukotriene agents, and possible allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more

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How long does ragweed last?

Depends: Depending upon where one lives ragweed can be seasonal, like in the northeast, or it can last longer in the warmer climates. ...Read more