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Allergy season getting worse, lasting longer

Studies reveal allergy seasons, whether it’s spring or fall, are getting longer, as much as 27 days longer than what we’re used.

Posted: May 3, 2018 11:17 PM
Updated: May 3, 2018 11:36 PM

If you feel like allergy season gets worse every year, you are right. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology [AAAAI] recently released a report asserting climate change is a factor in the worsening of allergy season.

Spring has sprung and with the beautiful weather comes sneezing, coughing and Congestion for millions.

Studies reveal allergy seasons, whether it’s spring or fall, are getting longer, as much as 27 days longer than what we’re used.

“Allergy, really across the United States, is becoming more of a problem,” said Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist with Valley E.N.T. Associates Dr. Robert Keith Hill.

According to AAAAI, changes in the climate may impact pollen production for trees, grasses and weeds. It’s not just the temperature that triggers and intensifies the season; recent flooding and severe storms create mold spores, which could also be to blame.

“It’s been a really bad year all together. We had a really wet cold winter and a lot of times when that happens the pollen is pretty pronounced and that’s kind of what we’re seeing in the clinic quite significantly,” Hill said.

Doctors recommend:
1. Take medication early, before the symptoms arrive
2. Nasal cleanses and rinses
3. Wearing hats and sunglasses when outdoors
4. Removing shoes before entering the home and changing your clothes [worn outside] to avoid continuing the exposure once inside.
5. Keep your windows and doors closed

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