Allergy season, which is nobody’s favorite time of year, is actually getting longer due to the surge in pollen production caused by warmer weather. Plants are now producing pollen earlier and for a longer duration. Milder winters and increased average global temperatures are the main culprits. This is another indication of how climate change is impacting people’s daily lives, according to Allison Steiner, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Michigan.
The North American pollen season has extended by 20 days and pollen concentrations have increased by 21% between 1990 and 2018, according to the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
As temperatures continue to rise, allergy season is likely to persist even longer. Some regions of the US have already experienced allergies a month earlier than usual.
This is terrible news for the 81 million individuals in the U.S. who suffer from seasonal allergies, medically referred to as allergic rhinitis.
To protect yourself from common allergies, the most important thing is to avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms. Pay attention to your environment and identify any potential triggers. If possible, try to avoid them or limit your exposure to them.
Consider taking an antihistamine, such as loratadine or cetirizine – in consultation with your dermatology provider – to reduce your symptoms. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet to stay healthy. Finally, get plenty of rest and work on managing your stress levels.
If these measures do not provide meaningful relief, or if your symptoms worsen, see your dermatologist right away. Allergy symptoms can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, allergies can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can lead to a rapid drop in blood pressure and extreme difficulty breathing. This is usually, though not always, caused by an allergic reaction to certain foods.
Untreated allergies can get worse, with more severe attacks occurring over time. These frequent or prolonged allergic reactions can also weaken your immune system and may lead to serious complications, such as bacterial or fungal infections in the sinuses, lungs, ears or skin.
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