Local expert says ragweed is major culprit for fall allergies
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JACKSON, Tenn. — The slightly cooler and dry weather setting up the beginning of the fall season is also bringing problems for some West Tennessee residents. The pollen and dust of the season is also ushering those dry, scratchy and itchy noses and throats. One horticulture specialist says one weed is a major culprit for those suffering from sinus problems. “Ragweed is a wind-pollinated plant, so its strategy is to create thousands, hundreds, billions of grains of pollen that blow in the wind, and that’s what’s getting in your eyes and nose and causing you to suffer,” said Carol Reese, ornamental horticulturist with the UT Extension Office. Medical experts say using over-the-counter allergy medicines, staying inside and seeing a doctor if the symptoms continue are the best ways to treat seasonal allergies.