Allergy season has arrived. We know it because those who have spring allergies are sneezing and their eyes are stinging as well as the air in some parts of the country is yellow with pollen, covering houses, cars, and even pets. And warming climate changes are making it worse.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million people in the US suffer from allergies due to pollen and dust.
Research is showing that allergy sufferers are growing in number. Back in the 70s one in 10 Americans suffered from hay fever but by the 2000s, 3 in 10 people were impacted and suffered discomfort during the allergy season. Experts say it will continue to get worse.
Experts are blaming climate change having a share in the increase of allergy sufferers and because of warmer temperatures the allergy season has also lengthened and grown in potential pollen.
Studies are showing that as temperatures keep warming up certain parts of the country will worsen for allergies because plants like ragweed will begin to migrate north. Northern states like New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Main they say will most likely see more pollen in the future.
Studies suggest that if temperatures continue to warm at the current pace its possible that the growing season will be longer by about a month by the end of the 21st century – about 80 years from now.
Also, adding to the expanding allergy season is the production of CO2 which there is more of in the atmosphere due to the greenhouse gasses effect and pollen bearing plants love it. Studies have shown that ragweed pollen production doubles with higher levels of CO2.
All is not hopeless though for allergy sufferers. There are things they can do to minimize their symptoms.
Of course there are allergy medications to ease the allergy conditions and sufferers can also ask their doctors to help them find out what triggers their allergies and so then avoid those triggers.
Also it is recommended that allergy sufferers avoid spending time outside between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM wen the pollen count is high in their area.
Leaving your shoes at the door will also help to lessen suffering and changing your clothes after being outside for a long time too will help.
Brushing or washing your pets hair after they have been out helps as well,
Then too, taking a shower at night before bed will wash away pollen. Especially washing your hair as hair is like a mop collecting pollen floating in the air says Angel Waldron, who is the director of communications for the Allergy Foundation of America. Washing or brushing your hair will help so that you will not be sleeping with all that pollen getting into your nasal passages.