Ragweed pollen triggers asthma and causes hay fever, especially in children and the elderly. Ragweed grows throughout the U.S., most commonly in the east and Midwest in rural areas. Allergy season usually peaks in late summer and early fall, but these plants often continue to produce pollen until the first frost meaning many are searching for hay fever relief.
A single ragweed plant can produce up to a billion pollen grains in one season, and these grains can be carried long distances by the wind. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), come late summer, 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy. Ragweed causes 75 percent of all hay fever.
The symptoms of ragweed allergy—also known as hay fever, allergic rhinitis (AR), outdoor allergies, seasonal allergies, or nasal allergies—include:
Violent sneezing, coughing or wheezing
Severe nasal or sinus congestion
Itchy nose and throat
Swollen, watery and itchy eyes
Dark circles under the eyes
Many people stay indoors when ragweed pollen counts are high. Unfortunately, poor indoor air may contribute to their suffering as they are looking for hay fever relief.
The air inside our homes can be up to ten times more polluted than outdoor air. Six out of 10 people are exposed to pollen trapped indoors. -Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Aprilaire can provide your family with whole-home indoor air quality solutions that can help remove ragweed pollen that causes hay fever, making your home healthier—and more comfortable. Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers can trap up to 99% of airborne particles that pass through the filtration system.
Our whole-home ventilation solutions exchange air filled with ragweed pollen and other allergens with clean, allergen-free outside air for hay fever relief.