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Allergies and Climate Change

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Climate change is reportedly making allergy season worse.

     A lot of southern nevadans are having a bad allergy season, and some doctors blame climate change. Whatever's causing climate change, it's real, and it's leading to larger plants and stronger pollen, and that combination wreaks havoc on our nose and eyes. To make matters worse, the allergy season in many places is getting longer.

     Dr Richard Weber, President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, says the ragweed pollen season has been extended by 13 to 27 days, and pollen production is up between 61 and 90 percent.  

     Weber's work was published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology last spring. He's also at National Jewish Health in Denver, which offers these tips to help control your pollen allergies:

    ● Start taking your medications early: Allergy medications work best if you take  

them before your immune system has revved up enough to make you miserable.

      Once the immune system is in high gear medications are less effective and take

      longer to relieve symptoms.

    ● Get out early: Weed pollens are at their highest levels around midday. Do your            gardening and other outdoor activities in the early morning.

    ● Close your windows, even at night: Although the weed pollens may peak during midday, enough weed pollens continue floating in the air during the night to plague allergy sufferers. Turn on the air conditioning instead.

Here's a video from National Jewish Health, the nation's #1 respiratory hospital, which explains:

Article from The Salt Lake Tribune:


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