Ragweed making an unwelcome return this Fall

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BRYAN, Tex If you're prone to allergies, the fall season may already be hitting you.
With all the rain we've seen, allergy season is definitely kicking into high gear. And experts say it's only going to get worse.

With the calendar turning to September and the Fall season just around the corner, we're already talking about allergies. One of the biggest problems in the Brazos Valley is ragweed.

Ragweed usually comes out in the first week of September, but by about October 15th or so, we really peak on ragweed. The key month for ragweed is October.

Ragweed can be a serious problem and it's not all that uncommon to have several friends that are suffering from it already. With our recent rainfall, plants such as ragweed have an even better opportunity to make your life miserable, from itchy eyes, to running nose, it's not much fun.

I talked to a local allergist on his thoughts about what those heavy rains from Harvey might do to the ragweed plant count as well as some advice for those who suffer the most.

"We've had a lot of rain this year so I think that ragweed as well as any other plant is doing quite well, so I think it's going to be a banner year for pollens. Ragweed is kind of the next one up on the agenda, so we're going to see a lot of ragweed pollen this October" says Doctor Barry Paull.

Paull also had this to say. "Try to avoid it, maybe it's time to go bowling, or maybe it's time to go ice skate or do something indoors during the month of October. Maybe not to spend time at the park even if you are out of doors."

That's some sound advice for allergy sufferers and it can be tough to handle. If you still want to get outdoors, allergy medication or allergy shots might be your best route. While not 100% effective, they will help.