If you think 2021 has been one of the worst years for allergy sufferers, you may be right. Experts have seen the changes. So don’t fear. It really has been a rough year. Let’s explore what’s been happening.
Experts say that climate change plays a big role in worsening allergy symptoms. Pollen is becoming heavier and longer due to increased temperatures and CO2 levels. Also, grasses and ragweed increase their pollen production as a result of localized spikes in CO2 levels, which is caused by pollution generated by cars. Intense allergy seasons have been linked to higher CO2 levels and pollution. As air pollution particles attach to pollen grains, they can erupt into tiny pieces that are easily inhaled. When carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations rise, it can increase the production of pollen. People with preexisting respiratory ailments, such as asthma, may suffer long-term effects from the increase in pollen counts. Even people who never had allergies before might start experiencing them.
Furthermore, the allergy season is now 10 days longer than in 1990. Grass, trees, and weeds also produce 21% more pollen. If there’s more pollen, then there’s a greater chance for long allergy suffering.
Those suffering from allergies may experience similar symptoms that could be due to COVID-19. It is vital to distinguish between symptoms of allergies and COVID-19.
Oddly, the COVID-19 precautions last year were a big help for allergy sufferers, thanks to masks, social distancing, face shields, and proper sanitation. However, Covid-19 symptoms resemble allergy symptoms quite closely. Last year, people were mostly staying indoors and wearing protection when going out. This year, people are spending more time outdoors. And more outdoor time means more allergies.
Below are medicines that provide relief:
Always ask your physician for prescription drugs if over-the-counter medications are ineffective.
Allergists recommend allergy shots so that your body can develop a tolerance to ragweed or pollen allergy symptoms. A shot may help prevent allergic reactions. Also, it reinforces your body’s immunity from allergens.
Common and protein-rich foods could also trigger allergies.
A healthy lifestyle keeps an allergy away. Want to get permanent relief from your ragweed allergy? Apply these ways:
Ragweed is most abundant from August to mid-October. So, always get ahead by contacting your allergist for your ragweed allergy attacks. Consult for the best treatment in advance to avoid severe allergy reactions.
Every year, there is a peak time for allergies. Ragweed allergies can worsen if you can’t cope with the situation. That’s why we provide you with solutions in this guide. Moreover, we can provide you with long-term allergy relief, as well.
Paul Jantzi has spent more than 13 years serving the south-central Texas region as an allergist. He is board-certified in allergy and immunology with prior specialty training in pediatrics and internal medicine. Schedule a meeting with him to learn more about immunotherapy and how it can help with your allergy symptoms.