Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse
Climate change could make things worse for people who suffer from allergies. Photo: Pixabay
Sprouting daffodils, magnolias, and cherry blossoms serve as cues to put away puffy coats and say goodbye to winter. But for more than50 million Americans(myself included), the beautiful flowers also signal something else: the arrival of spring allergy season. Sadly, the sniffles will only get louder. As the world warms,pollen allergies will likely get worse.
Allergies are thesixth leading causeof chronic illness in the U.S. Pollen can trigger asthma attacks and complicate other respiratory diseases, leading to increased doctor visits and hospitalizations. Allergies cost Americans between $3.4 billion and $11.2 billion each year in medical expenses to say nothing of themissed days of school or work. Not only can pollen make it harder to breathe, but it can increase fatigue and irritability, and reduce a persons ability to concentrate.
Children and the elderly are particularly ...