I know it's been miserable around here and everyone I know is complaining about allergies. What are your thoughts on climate change and the effect on allergies and asthma?
Climate change is a major issue for environmental health as well as public health. Warming temperatures contribute to longer and more severe pollen seasons. That makes respiratory diseases worse. So this week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America joins nearly 20 other organizations in signing a statement called
Experts believe climate change is to blame for making allergy season last about three weeks longer, and it's also becoming more intense.
"Allergenic plants are very receptive to those changes, so we're seeing robust plant growth and pollen growth and this translates into high pollen counts and terrible seasons all around," Dr. Neeta Ogden, an allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, told "CBS This Morning."
What pollens are prevalent during which seasons, and how are climate factors affecting them? Ogden says these are the main factors to watch out for:
Spring: Tree (starting earlier this year)
Summer: Grass (will linger longer)
Fall: Ragweed (will grow faster)