According to Jeff Stokes, M.D., an allergist/immunologist with Creighton Medical Associates, and associate professor of medicine with Creighton University School of Medicine, your thought of allergies getting worse may not be your imagination.
Stokes says it is all due to the longer spring we have experienced. The higher temperatures have caused plants to pollinate sooner and the increased pollen is also probably due to the increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
Stokes said, “For those who believe in global warming, that could be a factor.”
Allergies come in basically two varieties, those involving the nose (allergic rhinitis), and those involving the eyes allergic conjunctivitis. The typical symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, tearing eyes, or itching nose.
Though over-the-counter medications have been proven effective, allergens can break through.
As admitted by Stokes, it is impossible to avoid outdoor allergens all together, however, it is possible limit the exposure while inside by using the air conditioner and keeping windows closed, especially in the early mornings when we find the pollen count at its highest levels.
Stokes says allergies generally start in the early years, peaking in early adulthood and decrease as we get older. The data backs this up, as 40 percent of all U.S. children have hay fever and only ten to thirty percent of adults.
If after time taking this type of medication, or experiencing any level of discomfort or side-effects, you would be encouraged to make an appointment to see your doctor, more specifically, an allergy specialist, as an allergist can help analyze the allergy and any possible treatment.
Stokes said, “The time to see a doctor is when it (allergies) is affecting your lifestyle.”