Global Warming Increases Misery for Nations 35 Million Allergy Sufferers
This spring, the nation’s 35 million people with allergies can blame global warming for some of their suffering. Weather conditions have a significant effect on the levels of pollen and mold in the air, which in turn affects the severity of allergy symptoms. Typically, the common allergens that cause allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) flourish when the weather is warm.
“When the weather turns unexpectedly warm in early spring, pollens and molds are released into the air earlier than usual, and then die down when it gets cold again,” said allergist Dr. Z, of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “This pattern of weather can ‘prime’ a person’s allergic reaction, so when the allergen reappears as the weather gets warm again, the allergy symptoms are worse than ever.
“In general, this warming climate change also will result in allergy symptoms occurring earlier in the spring,” Dr. Z said.
Climate and Allergies
The following climate factors can influence how bad allergy symptoms might be:
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive on cool nights and warm days.
- Molds like heat and humidity.
- Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
- Rain washes pollen away, but their counts can soar after a rain.
- On a day with no wind, airborne allergens are grounded.
- When the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge.
- Moving to another climate to avoid allergies is usually not successful – allergens are virtually everywhere.
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Allergy Season Survival Tips
- Know your triggers. If you don’t know what triggers your allergies, visit an allergist to find out. More than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round symptoms.
- Work with your allergist to devise strategies to avoid your triggers, such as:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts – most media report this information during allergy seasons.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
- Stay inside during mid-day and afternoon hours when pollen counts are highest.
- Take a shower, wash hair and change clothing after working or playing outdoors.
- Wear a pollen mask (such as a NIOSH rated 95 filter mask) when doing outdoor chores like mowing the lawn. An allergist can help you find the type of mask that works best.
There’s no reason to suffer during spring allergy season. An allergist can work with you to discuss treatment options. The most effective way to treat spring allergies is with allergy shots, also called immunotherapy. These shots slowly introduce a little bit of what causes your allergy, so your body learns to tolerate it rather than react with sneezing, a stuffy nose or itchy eyes.
Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers general treatment for asthma, asthma treatment for children, skin allergy treatment, allergy asthma relief, allergy and asthma care, testing for food allergies and much more. Located in the South Bay, the allergy and asthma center is headed up by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. The center safely administers allergy shots for those seeking seasonal allergy relief.
Do you wonder what true vibrant health feels like? Do you have symptoms of a cold more than 4 times per year? RAMC can help you find a way to restore regularity to your breathing, and get a deeper nights rest by examining the various environmental allergy triggers (pollens, grass, trees, inhalants, dogs, cats, mold, dust), as well as seasonal and food allergy triggers. Do you have symptoms of a cold more than 4 times per year? Many are often surprised to find out that this is actually not a result of your need to excersize more, or a low immune system, but rather a curable environmental allergy trigger. Have you noticed a loss of your sense of smell? It may be due to post nasal drip or a sinus condition. Did you know that runny nose could be caused by sinus conditions, food allergies, acid reflux, heartburn and even environmental allergies? Did you know that coughing could be caused by a sinus condition, food allergies or acid reflux?
These are some of the things you will learn by visiting the Riviera Allergy Medical Center. If you are having problems with your allergies, you may benefit from a trip to see Dr. Z. Give us a call (310) 792-9050 or visit us at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. We’re located in the heart of Riviera Village. See Map. www.RivieraAllergy.com
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