Spring is here, but that also means the allergy season is in effect. For those who have allergy symptoms, it seems to be getting worse every year. It has been proven that allergies worsen year by year and, according to Vox the climate is responsible.
In addition to worsening conditions, the number of allergy sufferers is increasing due to pollen count and global warming.
At least 50 million Americans suffer from some type of nasal allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the allergy season since 1995 has been extended from 11 days to 27 days. This is due to the weather climate causing more pollen in the air and more allergy symptoms.
The AAFA also stated that with rising temperatures that cause prolonged allergy periods, this can lead to poor air quality and more asthma attacks.
The Union of Concerned Scientists stated that carbon dioxide is one of the three major contributors to climate change, which exacerbates allergy symptoms. Carbon dioxide increases the growth of plants with increasing potency in pollen.
Which cities are the most affected?
Although the allergy season affects everyone in America, there are certain states that are considered the "most challenging" of the season. The top 5 cities to stay away from if you have allergies are: McAllen, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee and San Antonio, Texas, according to the AAFA.
The list is made up of the three most important factors: the use of allergy medicines, pollen and mold counts, and the availability of on-board certified allergists.
Other states mentioned as difficult homes during the allergy season were: Ohio, Nevada and Rhode Island.
What can be done?
The AAFA provided some helpful tips for anyone suffering from seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter medication is usually the number one source of relief for people who suffer from horrible allergy symptoms.
The AAFA suggested on the days that the pollen count is high to limit their outdoor activities, wear a hat to cover your hair and limit the close contact with pets that were out all day.
"This report helps people in these areas to better understand what can contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their healthcare providers. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for a better quality of life," said Kenneth Mendez, President of the AAFA.
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