Ragweed Allergy Alert On High In Philadelphia
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September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /


STAGE FOUR PANCREATIC CANCER. TREBEK HAS CONTINUED TO TAPE EPISODES OF THE SHOW. THE YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A COLD, MAYBE NOT, WELCOME TO RAG WEED SEASON. ALLERGY ALERT IS HIGH TODAY. TIME FOR EINSTEIN HEALTH CARE SCIENCE CENTER REPORT WITH HEALTH REPORT ARE STEPHANIE STAHL. REPORTER: LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUFFERING, COMPLAINING. 23 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE RAGWEED ALLERGIES. THE SNIFFLES THAT COME WITH ALLERGIES ARE ALSO SYMPTOMS OF THE COLD. BUT SCIENTISTS SAY THERE ARE A FEW, KEY DIFFERENCES. THE PHILADELPHIA SKY LINE IS CLEAR, FROM THE ART MUSEUM STEPS, IT IS WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE, RAGWEED POLLEN IN THE AIR TRIGGERING ALLERGY SYMPTOMS. THOSE SYMPTOMS CONGESTION AND SNEEZING CAN ALSO BE SIGNS OF A COLD. HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE? ITCHING IS OFTEN A TELLTALE SIGN OF ALLERGIES. THE WAY ALLERGY CELLS WORK WHEN THEY ARE ACTIVATED, THEY SECRETE ITCHY CHEMICALS. THAT IS ONE WAY FOR SORT OF A RULE OF THUMB OFFICE ALLERGY PRESENT AS OPPOSE TO A VIRAL INFECTION OR A COLD. IT IS HOW ITCHY ARE YOU. REPORTER: IN ADDITION TO FEELING ITCHY, RAGWEED ALLERGIES CAUSE WATERY EYES AND SYMPTOMS CANNULAS A LONG TIME. COLDS ARE USUALLY OVER IN A WEEK OR TWO. RAGWEED SEASON GENERALLY LASTS FROM MID-AUGUST UNTIL THE FIRST FROST. OVER THE COUNTER ALLERGY PRODUCTS CAN OFTEN HELP RELEASE SYMPTOMS, SALINE SPRAY IS HELPFUL TO REDUCING POLLEN AND USING THAT IN THE NOSE. OVER THE COUNTER NASAL STEROIDS, SPRAY CAN HELP REDUCE ALLERGIC INFLAMMATION. AND THERE ARE MEDICATIONS, FORMULATED SPECIFICALLY FOR ALLERGIES. WE RECOMMEND NEW ANTI HISTAMINE BECAUSE THEY ARE LESS SEDATE I HAVE THEN THE OLDER ONES. REPORTER: WITH BEAUTIFUL DAY ON KELLY DRIVE, SCIENTISTS SAY RAGWEED IS ACCEPTED, MAINLY BECAUSE OF EXTREME WEATHER. HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HEAVY RAIN THAT CREATES THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR RAGWEED. A RESULT, THE ALLERGY SEASON BECOMES LONGER AND MORE BRUTAL. NOW, FOR PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES, ALLERGY SHOTS AND IMMUNO THERAPY CAN PROVIDE MORE LONG TERM RELIEF BUT THEY CAN TAKE A WHILE TO WORK. AND, IN ATITION TO RAGWEED WE ALSO HAVE MOLD, THAT IS VERY HIGH. SO, THE ALLERGY FOLKS, THANKS, KATE, ALL OF THIS NICE WEATHER. YES. I KNOW, I KNOW.


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