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ragweed

(răg′wēd′)
n.
1. Any of various weeds of the genus Ambrosia of the composite family, having small, greenish, unisexual flower heads and producing abundant pollen that is one of the chief causes of hay fever.
2. Chiefly British Ragwort.

ragweed

A plant of the family Compositae, the pollen from which is highly allergenic and the most common cause of allergic rhinitis.
 
Diagnosis
Bronchial provocation testing, in which pollen is inhaled through a dosimeter.
 
Management
Avoidance of pollens by staying indoors; use of cromolyn, antihistamines, sympathomimetics, theophylline and corticosteroids.

ragweed

Ambrosia artemisiifolia Allergy medicine Any of the weedy composite herbs of family Compositae, the pollen from which is highly allergenic Diagnosis Bronchial provocation testing, in which pollen is inhaled through a dosimeter Management Avoid pollen, stay indoors, cromolyn, antihistamines, sympathomimetics, theophylline, corticosteroids Drug slang A street term for low quality marijuana or heroin