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Is Ragweed Making You Sneeze?

10-20% of Americans suffer with a reaction to Ragweed. For the people who are reactive to pollens, 75% of them will be reactive to ragweed.

Symptoms can include runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes, nose and throat.  The unofficial kickoff of ragweed season starts August 15th.  The season can last until the frost finally kills the plant.  So the season can be longer in some areas than others.

There are 17 species of ragweed that grow in the US.  Ragweed grows in every state in the US, but the East coast and the Midwest are the hardest hit by ragweed season.  It grows in fields along roadsides, in vacant city lots, yards, etc.  Whether you are in the city or in the country, you will most likely get exposed to ragweed as it is found in abundance in every region of the US, to some degree.

Pollen released from ragweed is the most responsible substance for late summer and early fall runny nose and sneezing symptoms. Towards the end of summer, as nights grow a bit longer and the plants have matured, they are ready to release the pollens. The warmth and humidly after sunrise ensure the release of the pollen into the wind where they can travel for miles.

The pollen grains are very small and lightweight so can travel great distances. Ragweed pollen has been measured in the air 400 miles out to sea and 2 miles up in the atmosphere, but the concentrations are highest near the source of the pollen, which can grow anywhere. Most people will have some exposure to ragweed pollen, even those who do not have it growing in their immediate area.

The good news is that the plant will only live for one season. However, it must release pollen in order to live to the next season in a new plant, so will produce a very high level of pollens to ensure its survival. An average ragweed plant can produce over one million-pollen grains every day and up to one billion pollen grains in the single season of its lifetime. Ragweed seeds can live for decades in the soil and then begin to grow when conditions are right.

If you suffer from symptoms when exposed to ragweed, be prepared for the upcoming ragweed season. Peak pollen times are between 10am – 4pm so try to do any yard work outside of these times to reduce your exposure when outside. Keep your windows closed with the air conditioning on to further reduce your exposure but be aware that ragweed pollen can also get inside your house by sticking to your clothing, shoes, bags, and pets.

There are numerous websites available that will list the pollen levels for different parts of the country. If you want to see what the levels are in your immediate area, pulled up by zip code, try www.pollens.com for a complete listing of pollens and the daily level.

Ragweed season will only last for a few months and then it will be gone again, until next year.

At Absolute Health we offer an advanced therapy that can help relieve or significantly reduce the symptoms associated with ragweed allergies.  This treatment is non-invasive and does not include needles, supplements or medications.  It is completely pain-free and available to all ages, including infants.  If you suffer from ragweed allergy symptoms, please call our office today at 480-991-9945 and find out how we can help.

Dairy Sensitivity?

Dairy is delicious.  We are often encouraged to eat dairy for our health, as it is a good source of calcium.    It comes in many yummy varieties, like cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, plus the many foods they can be found in, such as creamy sauces and batters.  Unfortunately for many people, they cannot enjoy eating any foods containing dairy without getting symptoms.

Symptoms can vary from a variety of different digestive disturbances to skin rashes or eczema to congestion. Some people experience these symptoms every time they try to enjoy items with dairy in them.   Millions of Americans suffer with this issue every day.  Some symptoms are mild or annoying while others can be very uncomfortable or even painful.

When most people think about dairy sensitivities, they tend to only think about lactose. However, people can also react to numerous other items within dairy as well, such as casein or whey.  In addition to regular dairy items, it is also common to find some dairy within a variety of items as added flavor, emulsifications or proteins, such as:

Potato chips

Cereals

Breads

Bread Crumbs

Crackers

Mayonnaise

Protein bars and shakes

Deli Meats

Granola

Salad dressings

Sauces

Baby Formulas

Dessert toppings

Vegetarian cheeses and meat substitutes

Dairy by products can also be found in vitamins, supplements, lotions, soaps and cosmetics.

The most common form of treatment for dairy sensitivities is total avoidance.  However, that can be a difficult option for most people, as many people do not want to avoid dairy products.  If an avoidance diet is tried, remember to give it at least a few weeks to see if the symptoms are better off of dairy.  Many people will only do the avoidance diet for a few days and then not see a change in their symptoms so they return to eating dairy.  Also, don’t try other new foods while on an avoidance diet. Focus on one item at a time or it will be difficult to determine what items are causing what symptoms.

At Absolute Health, we offer an advanced therapy that can help relieve or significantly reduce the symptoms associated with dairy allergies.  This treatment is non-invasive and does not include needles, supplements or medications.  It is completely pain-free and available to all ages, including infants.  If you suffer from dairy allergy symptoms, please call our office today at 480-991-9945 and find out how we can help.

Get Outside This Spring

Spring is finally here!  The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to begin planting flowers in the garden, doing lawn preparation or just spending time outside enjoying the warm weather.  It is lovely to be surrounded by all of the plants and trees that are in full bloom at this time of the year.  However, if you are like the millions of people in the US who suffer with seasonal allergy symptoms, the downside of spending time outside can be the itchy eyes, running nose and sneezing that can take out the fun out of enjoying this time of year.

Tree pollens are already in the air.  Grass pollens and then weed pollens will follow them.  Windy, sunny or clear days will often be worse for people with seasonal allergy symptoms than wet, cloudy or windless days because pollens travel more easily when there is no dampness in the air.  Keep this in mind as you prepare for outdoor yard work or play.

The good news is that most garden-variety flowers and brightly colored, fragrant flowering trees don’t cause very many symptoms.  Their pollen is heavier and is dependent upon insects to carry the pollen from plant to plant.  Heavier, visible pollen is usually not the culprit for the typical springtime allergic reactions.  The plants and trees that cause the bulk of the allergy symptoms are from those whose pollen is windborne and have more non-descript looking flowers.  The pollens that are carried by the wind are usually very lightweight and almost invisible to the eye but can pack a serious punch on the sinuses.

A major issue with pollens these days is that the majority of plants, trees and shrubs planted in urban areas are male.  Male plants produce the pollen grains that cause the majority of seasonal allergy symptoms.  Homeowners and developers select the male plants because they are low maintenance and do not produce seedpods or fruits that leave such a mess in yards and surrounding areas.   The most intensely pollen producing plants are being planted simply because they don’t make a mess.  They are being planted around most business developments, schools and hospitals as well as suburban housing developments.   With more urban development occurring and more male pollen producing plants being planted, allergy symptoms will continue to rise.

Compounding the pollen issue in the spring is the fact that greenhouse gases are having a big impact on increasing pollen production, contributing to the global increase in allergy symptoms.  As things heat up, pollen production increases as well.

Plant pollens are not the only trigger for gardeners as they prepare their lawns.  Mold and mildew play a big role in seasonal symptoms because their spores affect people in the springtime as well as year round.  Mold can be found in the new soil that is brought in for yard plantings or in the mulch that is used in garden beds.   Also please remember, if you are composting, molds are in the compost pile as well.

Springtime is a great time of year and should be enjoyed by everyone, even people who suffer with symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. At Absolute Health, LLC we offer an advanced therapy that can help relieve or significantly reduce the symptoms associated with the springtime pollen season.  This treatment is non-invasive and does not include needles, supplements or medications.  It is completely pain-free and available to all ages, including infants.  If you suffer from springtime allergy symptoms, please call our office today at 480-991-9945 and find out how we can help.