Living with Allergies

Allergies can be miserable for those who suffer from them. In an effort to aid those who suffer with allergies, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has compiled a "Living with Allergies" brochure.

Certain trees that bloom in the spring release strange smells and potent pollen!

Ragweed Information

The least favorite season for "hay fever" sufferers is ragweed season. Ragweed is a summer annual that is found throughout the United States and produces abundant pollen, a primary cause of hay fever. Being a hearty noxious weed, diseases really don't affect it much and about the only things that kill the plant are a lack of water or herbicides.

The picture shows ragweed pollen grains as they would appear when stained on a slide. The pollen grains are collected on a rotating greased rod, then counted manually using a microscope. Ragweed, an easily distinguishable pollen, appears as a spiny ball in most cases.

Electron Microscope View: As autumn approaches, not only are the pollen counts high, the mold count is also elevated, causing a two front battle for allergy sufferers. Decomposition of plant material by molds leads to higher counts and a secondary assault on the respiratory system of the allergy sufferer.

In an effort to aid those who suffer with allergies, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has compiled a "Living with Allergies" brochure.