Americans are struggling in the pollen season, while allergies act up causing rhinitis and the so-called hay fever. People with severe allergies experience symptoms like itchy and burning eyes, runny nose and congestions. Pollen season has seen an increase in time, up to 27 days longer than before. Scientists believe it’s all caused by climate change.
Pollen can also affect healthy people after a long period of exposure. A report released by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that warm, wet winters and the increase in temperatures raise the level of pollen in the last years.
The former president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Dr. Stanley Fineman says that with the environment changing pollen season, “patients are suffering because they’re exposed to pollen, for longer periods of time.”
We Now Experience an ‘Allergy Explosion’
Dr. Clifford Bassett is the medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York. He calls this phenomenon an “allergy explosion,” which is created by the following factors:
“Climate change, globalization, air pollution, and over-sanitization of the environment in the early years of life are just a few of the causes that, taken together, have introduced new germs into our environment are causing needless suffering.”
The high rates of pollen come from trees: oak, maple, and birch – that create the powdery pollen and then there are poplar, alder, and ash adding some more. Along with the trees, flowering weeds, like dandelions and fragrant flowers trigger allergies too.
When a man in Millville, New Jersey tapped a tree with his frontloader, he showed the footage on social media. They saw a huge pollen storm flying away from the tree.
How to Keep Allergies at Bay?
People with seasonal allergies should get medication, and if the issue is severe, then they should talk with a specialist for an individualized plan, recommends Dr. Clifford Bassett.
You can also minimize exposure to pollen by staying inside the house on high pollen days. The weather channel should inform you when those days will come and they usually happen on dry, warm and windy days.
If you need to go outside, you should wear a hat to keep the pollen away from your hair. Wear wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen from entering your eyes. Don’t hang wet clothes outside to dry and always be prepared to have a nasal spray to help with congestions.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.