Is Climate Change Making Your Allergies Worse?

Does it seem as though your seasonal allergies just keep getting worse? Do you feel like you’re suffering†for longer than you used to? You’re not alone, and some experts believe climate change may be a primary cause.

We’re seeing a greater amount of pollen†over longer periods of the year these days. And it’s not only the long-term sufferers who are having problems.

There’s a distinct jump in people experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms for the very first time. This is particularly true in the southwest and northwest United States, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

It makes sense if you think about it.

Climate change has the potential to affect many aspects of pollen and fungal spore production and dispersion. Changes in timing and amount of rainfall, wind patterns and other weather-related occurrences affect the composition of pollen, as well as how and when it’s released and transported.

“The climate and the weather has an impact on the start, the duration, and the intensity of allergy season,”Ě Dr. Tara Narula told†CBS. “[Hotter weather] fuels the growth of plants, which means more pollen, earlier pollen, and pollen that stays around longer.”

Did you have seasonal allergies as a kid? Many of us did not, but we do now. Rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma become nearly intolerable for some during pollen season.

Those most vulnerable to the debilitating effects of pollen sensitivity include children, elderly and asthmatics. In fact, anyone with a breathing problem may find themselves suffering during allergy season. The fact that allergy season now extends longer than it once did makes the problem that much worse.

Climate change is doing more than increasing and lengthening our exposure to pollen, however. We’re experiencing more frequent storm activity and flooding — and all that moisture gives mold spores a rich environment in which to flourish.

Photo credit: Thinkstock

Photo credit: Thinkstock

After a house is flooded, all its drywall and insulation has to be removed and aired out, due to mold concerns. And without professional home repairs, mold†can†grow exponentially, posing serious health concerns, from allergic reactions to lung disease.

Did climate change†cause those hurricanes†to form — or make them worse than they might have been? There’s no way to know for sure. But†most scientists now believe that climate change is affecting humans in ways few imagined were possible only a few years ago.

Some fear we’re already past the tipping point. We may not be able to reverse the damage humanity has done — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Tell your elected representatives you want action on climate change. If they won’t listen, vote them out and replace them with people who will.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

TYFS

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

Thanks

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

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Peggy B
Peggy B5 months ago

Noted

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Ann B
Ann B6 months ago

YES it is obvious...and the extreme heat is making the pollen extreme

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Marija M
Marija M6 months ago

Yes, of course...tks for posting.

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