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Start of ragweed season begins in Ohio

The middle of August is known as the start of ragweed season here in Ohio.

The middle of August is known as the start of ragweed season here in Ohio.

Ragweed is one of the more popular weeds and the leading cause of allergies during the months of August and September. 

Especially on breezy, fair-weather days, it can easily float through the air and land on your clothes and pets. 

Other than taking antihistamines, there are several ways to help prevent pollen from lingering and causing your allergies to act up besides limiting outdoor time.

Dr. Dang an allergy specialist from Premier Allergy and Asthma suggests closing the windows and running the AC a little more to filter the air. 

It's also helpful to shower at night to wash away any pollen that may have attached to your body, hair or clothing during the day. 

If you have pets, you'll want to give them a rinse down as well to wash any pollen off their fur.

We will continue to track high levels of ragweed, other weeds and even mold over the next few months before the winter season.