CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - If you are dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose, you just may be dealing with allergies! That pesky ragweed is back and it's here to stay for a couple of months.
Doctors are gearing up for ragweed season. It is here now and it's expected to get worse in the coming weeks and months.
Coughing, sneezing, simply suffering, all thanks to ragweed allergies.
Almost like clockwork - Doctor Jeffery Schul with Allergy Partners of Richmond says the meters started to pick up on the pesky ragweed on Sunday. That's just a day before the typical start of the season.
"You find it in the ditches, along the road and there's a huge area near the river downtown," says Dr. Schul.
That includes areas in and around Pony Pasture. You can also see the ragweed amass in rural areas and pile up quickly after a stretch of sunny days like today.
"It can do it in a 2 to 3 day period of time," says Dr. Schul.
So you'll want to hope for rain every few days or so to wash away and ease those itchy eyes and sneezing. If you must go outside -- and suffer -- Dr. Schul says ragweed levels are typically lower in the morning.
Typically the ragweed season lasts here in Central Virginia until late fall.