Happy Friday! I find this to be such a fun time of the year. There’s something about school supplies, organization and routine that just gets me so excited. Our little O started pre K this year, and she is already loving it!
I hope that you and your little ones are adjusting to the new schedules and routines. And I truly hope your little ones have a wonderful, fun and strong year!
Well, it’s still blazing hot here in central Texas, so it doesn’t quite feel like fall out there yet. But guess what is still starting to peek through on our pollen counts? Those fall weed pollens! They show no mercy! If you’re a fall allergy sufferer, get ready, because the season has officially started.
Question for you: Does it seem that with each passing year, the allergy seasons are starting earlier and seeming to last longer? And does it seem that your allergies are worse than ever? Well, you’re not crazy to think that way. In fact, much of that is due to the effect of climate change.
You see, as the Earth gets hotter, this provides a more favorable environment for growth of tree, weed and grass pollens. Therefore, the allergy season grows in duration because of the luscious growth of these allergen pollens. Another important point in climate change is the effect of carbon dioxide on plants. This by-product of our fossil fuel use (think gasoline, heating/cooling, etc), specifically feeds ragweed growth and production, one of the most potent aeroallergens. So, as we drive more, heat more, and combust more, the carbon dioxide goes up, ragweed grows, our allergies worsen and we suffer.
With this climate change, asthma sufferers also really need to be careful. Climate change results from increased pollutants in the air. So, as there is an increase in airborne allergens, there is also an increase in airborne pollutants. And this combination of airborne pollutants and allergens is especially hard on those with asthma.
What can we do? Well, your allergist can help identify your specific allergy triggers to give targeted allergy tips. Your allergist may also prescribe specific medications or provide options of immunotherapy that may help adjust your body’s response to your allergens. It’s important to treat your allergy and asthma symptoms early and aggressively because unfortunately, as we discussed already, it’s only to get worse every year. For those needing some practical advice, don’t worry. I will highlight some of these important steps you can take to reduce the effect of pollen on your life in an upcoming post. So stay tuned, friends.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Talk again soon.