Are you struggling with Fall allergies?  Come late summer into the Fall season many people begin to suffer with symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, itchy eyes, itchy nose and itchy throat. These symptoms could be a sign that Fall allergy is affecting you. One of the major allergic triggers is Ragweed. Ragweed is a weed that lives only one season and has flowers that release 1 billion pollen grains that can travel up to 400 miles. Ragweed can grow along roadsides, vacant lots, fields, or by rivers banks.  These symptoms can linger until the first frost arrives and kills the plant, which in central Texas occurs later than other parts of the country.  Pollen levels peak during the day between 10am-3pm.  Ragweed allergy can be diagnosed by a thorough medical history and physical exam followed by a skin test to check for sensitivity.  Approximately 75% of people that are allergic to other pollen producing plants have an allergy to ragweed.  Once evaluated a plan of care may then be formulated to help alleviate symptoms.