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Increasing Allergy Symptoms

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Impact of Climate Change on Health

Climate change is not only an environmental concern but also a health concern. It brings along many health risks since it directly affects the fundamental requirements of health: sufficient food, safe drinking water, secure shelter, and clean air. Allergy is one of the common effects of climate change on health.

Close Watch on Allergy and Climate Change

Global climate change prompted a longer allergy season. It has also shown an increase in allergy symptoms. There have been a lot of studies done recently of these alarming news.

In a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop system and global change laboratory, ragweed season in the northern part of America has grown longer by over two weeks; in some areas in Canada, it has grown longer by over a month. The research was published online at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

allergy symptoms In a study from Quest Diagnostics, it has been found that global warming has allowed an increase in typical allergens such as mold and ragweed. The findings were from a four-year examination of blood samples from 2 million allergy sufferers.

In another study, it has been found that the western part of America proved to be the most affected of increase in allergy symptoms. Nevada, Arizona, and California are listed with the largest increase as they recorded a longer allergy season.

Ragweed pollen sensitivity has also been found as the most common form of allergy in America. In fact, a research showed that at least 1 in 10 American allergy sufferers is infected with ragweed allergy. Overall, 27 percent Americans shown sensitivity to ragweed. In the same study, it has been found that men and children are more sensitive to airborne allergens.

Managing your Allergy

Allergy should not be taken sitting down. It is a serious matter that could lead to serious health risks.

Allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body to normal substances such as food, pollen, and mold. The symptoms may go from mild to severe. Commonly, people who experience an allergy show symptoms of diarrhea or a runny nose. Potentially, an allergic reaction can also cause debilitating illnesses, chronic diseases, and even death.

According to American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergy annually. It causes not just serious health risks but loss of a serious amount of money as well. It can cause loss in good amount of workdays and productivity.

To be sure you will not be part of the statistics, you must learn to avoid the onset of allergic reaction because doing so is far easier than preventing one. The following tips might be useful:

* To avoid airborne allergens, you may keep track of your local’s pollen and mold count via the website AAAAI.org. These figures will constantly give you updates so you know at what time of the day you must avoid exposure to allergens. That way, your body’s immune reaction will subside.
* Make it a habit to keep the windows closed not just in your home but also in your car. Use air filters to keep the air mold and pollen free.
* Wash in hot water to remove pollen.
* Avoid exposing your personal items out in the air. Hanging laundry outside to dry or leaving your children’s toys outdoors may collect pollen.
* Use a face mask if you can’t avoid going out when the pollen count is high.
* Cleanse accumulated toxins in the body by bathing nightly, before you go to sleep. Bathing not only clean your body but also rest and restore it in a non-toxic environment.
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