Ragweed season arrives early

Allergists stress preparation for upcoming season

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 05 2012 03:54:37 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 05 2012 04:48:42 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

It is hard to imagine one weed causing so many problems, but without fail, every year, Ragweed brings allergy sufferers to their knees.

San Antonian Paula Turner has battled the allergy for almost 20 years and said like clockwork, the symptoms have kicked in this year.

This year, however, Ragweed has gotten an even earlier jump on its victims, due in part, experts believe, to the drought.

Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, headache, coughing and wheezing are the most common symptoms, according to allergist Dr. Dennis Dilley. He added that it will only get worse from here, which means Hay fever is in the future for many.

"(You'll be) sick and tired ... it’ll wake you up during the night,” said Turner, describing symptoms.

Turner said she wised up this season and decided to fight the battle sooner rather than later.

"I typically let it go until it’s to the point where I'm kind of dragging," she said.

Not this year though.

Turner scheduled treatment with Dilley early.

"Jump on it now before it’s too late, because once it gets going, it’s very hard to reverse it," he said.

Over the counter drugs like Allegra, Zyrtec, or Claritin can be effective, too.

Ragweed season is notoriously long and is considered by many experts to be the worst allergen of all the pollens. Ragweed’s most common trigger is cold fronts.

One of the first cold fronts of the season is scheduled for Saturday.