allergiesWhen we think of springtime, we think of the sun shinning in all its glory down at rising flowers, their pedals opening up to displays of yellow, orange, pink, and purple. Once the spring season is in full swing, it is hard not to want to be outside, enjoying strolls along the park, as we show off more skin in the changing fashion. But warmer weather is not the only thing predicted in the forecast. This year, more people may be suffering from pollen allergies.

Those who suffer from allergies have symptoms that consist of: watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, headaches, and itchy eyes, ears, and throat.. According to statistics from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), allergic rhinitis (allergic reactions caused by dust, dander, or pollen that result in nose symptoms) affects between 10-30% of the worldwide population. About 7.8% of Americans 18 and over suffer from hay fever and about 13% suffer from sinusitis.

Even though we hear that this season will be the worse for allergies every day, the ACAAI found that the prevalence of allergies is increase, whereas 30% of adults and 40% in the U.S. suffer from at least one allergy. The rise in allergies could be because more people are complaining about symptoms or because of climate change (pollen levels are increases every year because warmer temperature is causing pollen to be produced and released earlier).

Have those Claritin doses ready. According to The Weather Channel’s PollenCast website, over the next two days, tree pollen in Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Livermore, California, and Richmond, Virginal will be at a “very high” status.  Similarly, grass allergies in Hernderson, Nevada, Santa Ana, California, and Boise, Indiana will be “very high” as well.  Hialeah, Florida is predicted to have “very high” weed allergens in the air, but those in Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington should also be prepared with their “high” pollen status. Those in New York City can take in that breathe of fresh air because their will only be fine particles of pollen for us today.

The ACAAI suggests using a saline nose spray to thin mucus and remove allergens from the nostrils, and put those new sunglasses to use by wearing them when outdoors to protect your eyes for particles in the air.

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