Fall allergies share symptoms with covid; ragweed a leading trigger

The maturation of pollen-packed plants like ragweed means the fall allergy season has arrived in Western Pennsylvania. Tree pollen is a leading allergen in the spring while ragweed takes over as a primary culprit in the fall. Symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing and itching of your eyes, ears and the roof of the mouth. The smartest approach is to keep the air conditioning on and keep the windows closed, Dr. Karen Lang said. Other plants that can trigger fall allergies include burning bush, pigweed and mugwort.

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