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NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD MAKE YOUR ...

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

ByStephanie Stettz

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[1](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[2].

Allergies are thesixth leading cause[3]of 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[4]. 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 ...

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