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How change in climate can impact allergies 

Spring is in the air, but that’s not all. Current research indicates there’s more pollen in the air these days as well. 

“What they found was that the human-caused climate change is really changing our pollen seasons, so it’s lengthening the number of days that we can have pollen allergies and in addition to it, it has been increasing pollen counts. They found that it seems to be linked to increased temperatures,” said Sandra Hong, MD, allergist with Cleveland Clinic. 

Dr. Hong said warmer temperatures lead to increased budding and pollination, which results in more allergy and asthma symptoms. 

So, how can we combat extra pollen and keep symptoms controlled? 

In addition to using allergy medications, environmental controls can help. 

Dr. Hong recommends closing windows to keep pollen out and using air conditioning when possible. Washing pollen by laundering clothes and showering after spending time outdoors can help too. 

And don’t forget your furry friends. 

“One thing a lot of times families will forget is that their furry pet will actually not only have their fur and dander, but on top of it they actually have the pollen coating them,” she noted. 

Dr. Hong said it’s best to keep outdoor pets out of your bed if you’re allergic to pollen. This will reduce nighttime allergy symptoms and help you get a good night’s sleep. 

Source: https://newsroom. clevelandclinic.org/2022/04/20/ how-change-in-climate-can-impact-allergies/ 

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