Allergies Can Make it Hard to Get Good Grades

Allergies account for millions of missed school and work days. Studies show that students with untreated allergies have significantly lower learning scores than their classmates without allergies. Over the counter medication often makes the allergy sufferer feel worse, often too groggy to concentrate at school or work.

Fall is such a busy time. Students are getting back to school are gearing up for an industrious school year after the lazy days of summer. Then the dreaded ragweed allergy takes them down.

Ragweed season begins in mid-August, peaks in September and October and does not subside until a hard frost kills the ragweed, typically in early November in the Philadelphia area.

One ragweed plant can produce 1 million granules of pollen each day that travel in the wind for hours, peaking in urban areas in the afternoon. Ragweed pollen has been found 10 miles out to sea.

An effective ragweed allergy treatment plan can be different for each patient. Some patients get good control with antihistamines, while most patients get good success with nasal steroid sprays. For patients still in need of relief, immunotherapy becomes necessary.

The board certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM are experts in diagnosing ragweed allergies and offer all three types of immunotherapy at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, ext 2.

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