Allergy Season: It Keeps Getting Worse
- Allergy seasons are starting sooner and lasting longer than ever before
- Allergy seasons are becoming being more severe every year, with significantly higher pollen counts
- A higher percentage of the population is developing allergies than ever before – more people are being diagnosed each year with seasonal allergies than ever before
It’s Sad, But True
More Americans than ever before are experiencing seasonal allergies, and their allergy symptoms are getting worse and more severe every year.
Around the world, and especially in the U.S., both the length and intensity of allergy season is increasing. So, too, are the number of people affected by seasonal allergies.
Worse and Longer-Lasting Allergy Seasons and More People Affected? Wow.
“We’re seeing a whole bunch of people who have seasonal allergies for the first time,” said renowned allergist and immunologist Dr. Clifford Bassett, the founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. “It’s the elderly and young alike, who have never had allergies before, even people in their middle-aged years. So it’s on the rise.”
Some Evidence Please?
Research shows that the number of people who are affected by seasonal allergies has increased continuously over time. A report from Quest Diagnostics a few years ago found that over a four-year period, the rate of sensitization to common allergens, like the pollen that causes seasonal allergies, had grown by just under 6% percent.
In the case of ragweed pollen, one of the most common causes of seasonal allergies, the rate grew by 15% in the same period, more than any other allergen.
Allergies may seem like a minor inconvenience for those who don’t suffer from them, but if you do experience seasonal allergies, you know the symptoms can have a major negative impact on the quality of your daily life, both at home and at work.
In the same comment, Dr. Basset said: “During the peak season, 85% of allergy sufferers complain of fatigue, 67% are irritable, 60% are miserable, 33% are depressed, and 25% are anxious. So there are effects on the workplace, learning, children, and productivity.”
Why Is This Happening?
Regardless of your politics (we are not here to debate or take a position on climate change or global warming, and whether it is caused mainly by H2O or CO2, but it is implicated in the increase in seasonal allergy rates, and the longer allergy seasons we are experiencing), there are a number of factors that scientists and researchers believe are contributing to the worsening picture of seasonal allergies.
This article explores the first of these factors.
The most commonly cited theory on why allergy seasons are longer, and why pollen counts are higher than ever, is changes in the world’s climate.
The National Centers for Environmental information reported that 2015 was the warmest 12-month period on record, going back almost 140 years. Add to that, 6 of the hottest years on record have occurred in the most recent 10-year period.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The real implication of this is a longer allergy season. Not what allergy sufferers want!
Here’s why: As winters become warmer, plants and trees have more time to spread the pollen that triggers the allergic response in allergic individuals. Have you noticed that the common seasonal allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose and nasal congestion have been starting for you earlier in the year?
But Wait, There’s More…
Increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the air also enable trees and plants to grow and flourish in new areas that they were not able to survive in before. Plants use the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air as a nutrient to form leaves, branches, and pollen. This exposes people to a larger number of potential allergens than they would have experienced previously. Thus, the potential to react more harshly to these new allergens is increased.
Warmer climates further stimulate plants and trees to produce more total pollen. This can easily correlate with stronger attacks on already over-sensitive immune systems, and make seasonal allergy symptoms even worse.
Learn more about seasonal and year-round allergies, and how an easily-corrected imbalance in your immune system is responsible for the chain reaction that results in allergy symptoms at AllergX.com.
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In our next article, we’ll share another aspect of what scientists and researchers believe is another major factor in the increasing frequency of allergies, and the extended allergy season.
We’ll also explain how allergic individuals have an easily-corrected immune system imbalance that over-reacts when it’s exposed to harmless allergens like pollens or pet dander.
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