Is Global Warming Making Allergies And Asthma Worse?

It has long been known to all that with the change in the different seasons comes the allergy attacks for all who suffer and for those with allergy-triggered asthma, the same is true.

In addition, the length of the seasons and the harshness of the climate have a direct effect on the allergy season as well. Now, it has been shown that with the greenhouse effect progressing, the allergy seasons are progressing as well. They are becoming longer and more damaging to allergy and asthma sufferers everywhere.

New Environmental Findings

Dr. Anthony Montanaro, who is the head of Oregon Health & Science University’s Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, is one of many doctors and scientists across the United States who says the warmer weather attributed to global warming’s greenhouse effect is causing many more people to suffer from allergies and asthma.

In addition, the doctor states, “We’re just seeing more patients with problems,” meaning that not only are long time sufferers experiencing worsening symptoms and attacks, but the overall rate at which people are beginning to have problems is rising as well.

The Real Problem

The real problem lies with ragweed. No, not just the fact that most allergy sufferers have attacks because of it, but because it is starting to grow sooner and the growing season lasts longer.

This direct result of the warmer temperatures everywhere now comes sooner every season as spring and summer weather begin, on average, a month and a half sooner than usual.

The fact that over 80 percent of children who have asthma and more than half of all adults with the problem suffer from allergic triggers is alarming. This is especially true for the children and the elderly who are now suffering sooner than expected because of the earlier growing seasons.

Lingering Effects

Dr. Montanaro also stated that this global warming effect on the climate, “…a complicated problem,” one which will not go away anytime soon, but get worse instead.

With the ever-increasing pollen levels, which are direct triggers to allergy Asthma attacks, it becomes even more complicated than ever.

Source: OregonLive



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