Got bad allergies this year? Blame it on the weather

This year I was diagnosed with asthma and evidently I have it bad. What’s the cause? Allergies. Lots of rain and late season snow have made grasses and trees that normally bloom at different times of the year bloom at the same time. It’s nice that everything is a verdant green at the same time but I tell you, I kinda miss breathing normally. Here’s an article from Scientific American that explains what’s going on.

Thanks to a wet spring in the Northeast and Midwest, many allergy sufferers are complaining of the worst season in years.

Hay fever, or seasonal rhinitis, is the most common allergic condition in the U.S., and approximately 35 million Americans are affected by it. Hay fever can also make asthma symptoms worse.

Tree pollen is abundant in early to mid-spring, while grass pollen is more prevalent into summer. The abundance of rain and snow earlier in the year has led to higher pollen concentrations through much of the country.

As Wednesday’s pollen map shows, tree pollen levels range from moderate to very high over most of the contiguous United States.

Allergies vary from person to person, so even if you’re not bothered by spring’s tree pollen, summer’s grass pollen or fall’s ragweed pollen may affect you.

Most recently, heat has been building in the Midwest, East and Southeast, bringing extreme heat to these areas this week. Major cities along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Midwest are breaking records, some more than 100 years old!

The sudden jump from cold to hot may be welcome for many, but those not yet acclimated to the warmer temperatures run a higher risk of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Simple steps, from eating properly before going outside to timing your outdoor activities correctly, can prevent you from succumbing to the summer heat.

The heat doesn’t just affect your days. Warm, humid nights can take a toll on your sleep schedule, especially if other factors are already affecting your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Most people get a better night’s sleep if their bedroom is cool with adequate ventilation.

You can read the rest of the article over at Scientific American’s website.

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