Updated 09/17/2012 01:21 PM
Ragweed has Central Texans feeling under the weather
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Allergists say pollen levels are higher than last year.
If you're sneezing constantly and have itchy, watery eyes due to ragweed, the good news is you're halfway through the season.
Dr. Alex Martinez is an allergist with Lake Austin Asthma & Allergy Associates. He said the heavier allergy season is due to the rain making healthier plants. Drought conditions last year put a damper on the plants and lessened pollen in the air.
Martinez says there are a couple of things you can do for allergy relief. You can take an antihistamine, try a saline nasal wash, or your doctor may prescribe you medication. For more severe cases, allergy shots are another form of treatment.
"There are people that are on three or four or five different things during the season, pills, nose sprays, eye drops etc. When that's not working, again that tells you your symptoms may be more severe and so we need to find out what you're allergic to and then maybe get you on the proper treatment," Dr. Martinez said.
Ragweed season typically occurs from August to November, or until the first frost. This year, the pollen was already showing in July.