Ragweed Allergy Season Means Itchy Watery Eyes for New Jersey Residents

Top Quote Ragweed allergy season is entering its peak and creating a difficult and uncomfortable time for many New Jersey residents who experience itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. End Quote
  • Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ (1888PressRelease) September 16, 2015 - "Unlike many other plants that shed pollen in the spring and summer, ragweed typically waits until the days begin to get shorter and starts to flower as the daylight hours drop to less than 12-14 hours each day. So, even though ragweed starts emitting pollen in August, ragweed is really a fall allergen. Here we are, and we are really starting to see patients complain about itchy watery eyes," explained Joel Confino, M.D. of The Eye Care & Surgery Center in Westfield, New Jersey.

    Data from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests that some 10-20% percent of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy or hay fever. It is estimated that a single ragweed plant can release one billion grains of pollen over the course of a single ragweed season with the grains being so light that they float and easily spread with even mild wind or breezes. In fact ragweed pollen has been detected as far as 400 miles out to sea and up to two miles up in the atmosphere. "The problem is really common throughout New Jersey. This year we started seeing the ragweed season and itchy eye complaints beginning in early August and we suspect they will last through October. This is going to be a tough season for sufferers," shared Dr. Confino.

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    With locations at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, The Eye Care & Surgery Center is a conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

    For additional information, contact:
    Jerette Lerner, The Eye Care & Surgery Center, 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, jllerner ( @ ) newjerseyvision dot com, (P) 908-789-8999

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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