Battling Ragweed Allergy Season


If you suffer from seasonal allergies, we’ve got some bad news. Ragweed season is upon us again and doctors say you should act now.

18-year-old Sidney Clayberg has a long list of allergies.

“I’m allergic to cat dander and a lot of environmental things like trees, and grass, and dirt and I’m allergic to dust too,” Clayberg said.

She couldn’t have booked her appointment with Dakota Allergy & Asthma at a better time. Ragweed season has returned with a vengeance.

“August brings ragweed. Nature has provided a great abundance this year again,” Bubak said.

Doctor Mark Bubak is an allergy specialist. If left untreated, he says this year’s symptoms could get ugly if you have a ragweed allergy. 

“You’ll have itchy watery eyes and a plugged up, sneezy nose that’s just super plugged. You feel tired out and just worn out,” Bubak said.

Clayberg takes shots to keep her symptoms under control.

“I’m getting ahead of the season. I just stared my allergy shots because during allergy season they get really bad,” Clayberg said.

While it works for her, Doctor Mark Bubak says treatment depends on the severity of each patient’s symptoms. Whichever medication helps with the battle, it’s important to start taking it before the season arrives.

“Timing is everything. You have to start the nasal sprays at least a week before the season starts because it takes that long for them to work very well,” Bubak said.

Clayberg started her allergy shot cycle three months ago. It’s a decision that’s been working in her favor.

“I haven’t had an allergy attack since I started it so I think it’s been helping me,” Clayberg said.  

Bubak said another way to deal with the allergy season is to avoid it. That means keeping the windows closed in your home and the air conditioner running.

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