City of Deer Park, Ohio
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Ragweed! This word strikes terror in the heart – and the sinuses – of every allergy sufferer in Southwest Ohio. And ragweed season is nearly upon us.  

Ragweed is a summer annual that is found throughout the United States and produces abundant pollen, a primary cause of hay fever. The ragweed plant emerges throughout the U.S. each year, starting mid-August and can persist until the first heavy frost. It produces billions of pollen grains which are spread throughout the region with the help of the wind. Ragweed flourishes along riverbanks, in abandoned lots, and in unattended fields. 

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (Agency) conducts pollen and mold counts and posts the data on its website, SouthwestOhioAir.org, Monday through Friday. In addition, residents can connect with the Agency on Facebook and Twitter for pollen and mold counts. 

Allergy sufferers may consider the following tips to help manage their symptoms:

  • Minimize outdoor activity between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen levels are the highest.

  • Close windows and use an air conditioner to reduce allergens entering the home.

  • Avoid activities such as raking leaves, mowing the lawn, and working with compost when feeling reactive.

  • Consult with a health care provider.

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Brad Miller is the Assistant Director of the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

 

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