Climate change could prolong allergy season by the end of the century, report says

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A new report shows allergy season can lengthen and worsen for those with symptoms, and a Phoenix doctor says there are several ways to relieve your allergies.

Banner Urgent Care chief medical officer Dr Devin Minor says a report shows the climate crisis will impact allergy season. “The warming of the earth and in some places – this will cause the pollen to spread for longer periods of time,” he explained.

the report can be found in the journal Nature Communications. It shows that the allergy season could move 10 to 40 days earlier in the spring by the end of the century.

For those of us in Arizona, a long allergy season is something we know.

“In Arizona you can actually have allergies all year round. At certain times of the year there will be certain plants. So right now that type of year is really the trees – so mesquite, mulberry , ash,” Minor said. .

Even citrus fruits can trigger the onset of symptoms.

“In emergency care, we see patients coming in with these itchy eyes, watery eyes, runny nose and maybe a dry cough. People with asthma can be exacerbated at this time of the year. year, so we’re definitely seeing an increase,” Miner says.

The report explains how wind-blown pollen is closely related to temperature and rainfall.

If you’re struggling with allergy symptoms, Minor offers some advice.

“Stay indoors as much as possible when it’s very windy and very dry, this will help some people. Changing clothes when you enter, wiping pets can also be a benefit and some people with symptoms can take the control of over-the-counter medications,” he explained.

Learn more about the report here.

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