Apr 04, 2019 09:23 AM EDT
If you suffer from allergies, springtime, for you, may not be the most glorious and amazing time that others tend to experience. Instead, it may be a few weeks-if not months-of complete misery by way of itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and wheezing. That's because every spring, trees, and grasses release billions of buoyant pollen granules into the air, using the wind to disburse across the countryside in an effort to reproduce.
And as if that's not bad enough, experts say that due to climate change, the allergy season is likely to become longer with even more pollen. "Fueled by warmer temperatures and increased carbon dioxide levels, pollen seasons are longer, and pollen counts are higher." Says Kara Wada a clinical assistant professor in Allergy/Immunology at The Ohio State University. Many experts believe this will worsen in the coming years due in large part to climate change.
So how can we make allergy season just a little more bearable? Well, if you're allergic, it may require a multifaceted approach. Here is a list of ideas to help minimize the misery of allergy season and some that may help on a long-term basis-being as allergy season is looking to extend its stay.
Pollen season is rapidly approaching; these tips will hopefully allow you to enjoy the next few weeks a little more. After all, spring is such a lovely time of year. Needless to say, I don't have allergies.
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