Global Warming May Increase Pollen


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If the melting of the ice caps, shift in climate patterns, and extinction of wild life wasn’t enough of a reason to worry about global warming, those with seasonal allergies may be at risk as well. Dr. Leonard Bielory of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) estimates that pollen counts will double by 2040, making allergy season even more unbearable for sufferers.

This is based on the study of allergenic plants that have been grown in chambers mimicking future climate conditions based on the global warming trend. The study found that not only will pollen double (with counts going from 8,455 in 2000 to 21,735 in 2040) but also that the allergy season will get longer. This is due to the increase of carbon dioxide in the air, which causes allergenic plants to produce significantly more pollen than they currently do.

For allergy sufferers, the idea of more severe reactions over a longer period of time can be frightening. As of now, the most effective treatment is a series of allergy shots over three to five years, coupled with an antihistamine and lifestyle changes, like washing one’s hair every night and staying indoors on high pollen-count days. This combination can drastically reduce one’s reaction to the pollen, and may become more necessary as we reach 2040.

If you are affected by seasonal allergies there are some natural remedies you can try to help combat this growing problem. Read more here: Natural Hay Fever Remedies