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Have you noticed that pollen allergy season is getting worse and lasting longer every year?

Have you wondered why the pollen allergy season keeps getting worse? I know I have.

In the article:  it explains that climate changes are causing the pollen allergy season to be worse and to last longer.  

According to a new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, pollen counts have been increasing across the globe due to a rise in average temperatures every year. And faster climatic changes are making things worse than usual. For instance, Alaska has been facing a high allergy risk because its climate is warming twice as fast as the overall average.

Seasonal allergies present one of the most prominent examples of how global warming is increasing the risk of health issues. Allergies are responsible for causing health issues, and they will continue to do so in the future.

Director of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska Jeffrey Demain said, “It’s very strong. In fact, I think there’s irrefutable data. It’s become the model of health impacts of climate change.”

The article also explains:

According to the study, higher carbon dioxide concentrations in air encourage plants to produce more pollen.

It is noticed that higher concentration of pollen means the higher number of seeds and ultimately, more ragweed. If the temperature is warm, the spring is about to start soon and winter arrives late. This gives more time to pollen producers to give away their particles in the air.

Lewis Ziska, a research plant physiologist at the US Department of Agriculture stated, “What happens is if the tree during the previous year has had a ‘good season,’ it tends to load up on carbs so that in the spring, it has a lot of carbs to put out for flower production. When that happens, you can get a large bloom, and the consequences of that are inherent in the amount of pollen that’s being produced.”

But not only is there more pollen, but the pollen is also becoming more potent!

Therefore, not only the higher concentration or large quantity pollens is causing allergies but also the pollen itself is more responsible for such reaction.

So, it is not just more pollen; the pollen itself is becoming more potent in causing an immune response. Scientists estimate that pollen concentration of all varieties will double by 2040 in some parts of the country because of greenhouse gas emissions.

Just what we allergy suffers need, not just more pollen, but pollen that is more potent. 

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  • Deborah Bartlett

    Oh yes Melissa. I have noticed. Where I live it seems as though the pollen allergies start earlier each Spring. I am concerned for all of us who suffer with allergies and lung disease. I feel it is important to reach out to your doctor and discuss how to be proactive. Try to avoid or reduce health problems. Don't let the problem become worse! Take care of it as soon as possible. There is no reason to suffer unnecessarily.

  • Shea

    Always good to know there is a method to the madness. And a reason behind it all. Imbalances in nature lead to imbalances on health.

    I really wish politicians would do more to curb climate change and provide healthcare to those who suffer from breathing and allergic diseases. I feel both lucky and unlucky being disabled due to a chronic allergic disease. I am hoping greater leadership will help lead us into a more balanced world and health.

    In the meantime, I am really trying to do my part!

    Things I am doing to be part of the solution: buying energy-efficient products, minimizing travel and gas use, buying green products/ from green companies, voting for people who support policies to curb emissions and who bring climate change into consideration when making policies, creating good quality indoor air in my home, taking medicine as directed and needed, and wearing asthma mask as needed.

    But still, with all that, the effects are a struggle– especially in Florida. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Good points, Shea. I know that where I live it is a daily struggle. Woods. Wetlands. Highway. Doing the right thing whenever possible, as you are doing, is the best way to manage your illness. 

  • miri

    I’m starting my spring allergies. I need a real anti histamine. Claritin is only helping a lil bit.

    Does claritin work for anyone?

  • Aaliyah

    I can’t take Claritin, it is like I take nothing at all. I have taken Allegra and Zyrtec over the years. Last year I switched to Xyzal, it made a huge difference for me.

    Can you talk to your allergist about switching to a different antihistamine?

  • kira

    I had to keep switching til I found ones that worked for me. Claritin works great for my daughter. My son and I take Xyzal – that works better for us.

    Do you also use a nasal spray like Flonase or Nasacort? That can really make a difference because it targets stopping the reaction in your nose.

  • miri

    Thanks Kira I tried them. They worked good but I keep getting blocked without a real antihistamine. Right now Claritin doesn’t stop my itching problems but it seems to be helping my allergic rhinitis a lil bit. The problem though once that reactions starts I guess my lungs start reacting too. So I think I should get back on a stronger antihistamine. I go see my doc soon will discuss it with him as I also stopped using my inhalers. So will ask him what kind of med combination he wants me to take.

    i seem to also be getting a lot of colds. Coz my mucus is yellow. I need fo discuss this with him.