by Devang Doshi, M.D.
Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology; Adult Allergy and Immunology Staff Physician
It’s that time of year again when the fall colors dominate the landscape in Michigan. Unfortunately, with the “back to school” season well underway and Autumn in full bloom, ragweed, mold spores and other fall weed pollen are peaking outdoors.
For those individuals that suffer from seasonal allergies, the fall can be one of the most difficult seasons due to the high incidence of ragweed allergy. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of Americans are allergic to ragweed pollen. The duration of the ragweed pollen season has also increased approximately 3-4 weeks over the last 10-15 years, presumably due to climate changes. The combined ragweed and mold season usually starts in early to mid August and ends after the first hard frost—which we can never predict in Michigan. Continue reading