Pollen has caused immense suffering for individuals living with allergies in Austin, Texas, this year. However, experts say that they may be able to find relief from ragweed this season as a result of an unexpected drought.
Because there has been almost no rainfall in the region this spring and summer, researchers say that ragweed plants have not been able to grow, according to ABC affiliate KVUE-TV. Ragweed season typically begins in mid-August and can last into the fall.
"With this bad drought and no rainfall, most of the ragweed plants did not sprout or have died already this year," Bill Howland, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, told the news source. "We anticipate this ragweed season will be much easier for allergy patients."
Individuals who suffer from allergies on a regular basis may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove allergens from the atmosphere and make it easier to breathe.
The IQ HealthPro Plus can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. Pollen, pet dander and smog can all be removed from up to 900 square feet of space.