If you've noticed that your spring allergies seem a little more … let's say, Enthusiastically you're not alone this year. According to recent data from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the misery we are experiencing right now is an "allergy explosion" of not only longer-lasting allergy seasons in spring (and fall, alas), but also an increase The number of people with allergies, NBC News reports. If the fact that this allergy season seems worse than ever does not surprise you, try this for the size: the academy believes that it can actually be the climate change that affects your allergies.
Dr. Stanley Fineman, former President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told NBC, "Some research indicates that the warming trend we have in our environment starts and expands the pollen season a little earlier, so patients are suffering longer because they are exposed to pollen. "
The data from the Academy suggests that the allergy season lasts up to 27 days longer, NBC and a map of the Academy reported. The cities most affected by pollen show that people in the Northwestern and Southwestern parts of the US are the hardest hit.
These data are not the first to suggest that climate change has an impact on allergies. US government studies released in 201
Cynthia Rosenzweig, an elderly scientist at Columbia University's Center for Environmental Systems Research, told ABC that the increase in ragweed pollen is" a pretty good first sign "of this environment Change is going to be a problem for allergy sufferers. "
Now, the data from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, seem to be supplementing the findings of the Department of Agriculture, and climate change actually seems to be a big problem for people with allergies to pollen. According to NBC, the academy noted that "the big, bad pollen producers," aka oak, maple and birch, "produce the powdery substance simultaneously with poplar, alder and ash at higher rates [trees]. ] With so many trees pumping as much pollen as possible, people who do not usually have hay fever can be infected with NBC.
Dr Clifford Bassett, Medical Director of Allergy & Asthma Care, New York, the one who called an "allergy explosion." He told NBC, "Climate change, globalization, air pollution, and environmental remediation in the early years of life are just some of the causes that together have brought new allergens into our environment that cause unnecessary suffering. For those who know that they will get allergies in a coming season, Bassett said that he would take over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications such as Zyrtec or Claritin one to two weeks before the onset of the allergy season.
NBC also said that nasal steroids can help relieve congestion (but watch your use of these because overuse can cause backwater, l aut Mayo Clinic).
Bassett added that other pollen-related allergy management strategies wear oversized or all-round sunglasses to keep pollen out of sight, hats to wear (especially if you use hair products), to avoid air-drying clothing outside and Monitor daily pollen counts so you know when it's better to reduce your outdoor time, NBC reported. According to Bassett: "Higher pollen levels are usually found on warm, dry and windy days and lower pollen counts on windless, wet and cloudy days."
If you are seriously struggling with allergies, you should check this. Ask your doctor if he can help treat your symptoms. Especially since unfortunately the allergy season is far from over.