Rising temperatures are said to be to blame for worsening allergies. - From ABC News
Jeffrey Demain, a board-certified allergist and immunologist, said at the March meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).
"It’s been shown that in rising carbon dioxide, the allergenic peptide of each pollen grain goes up." Carbon dioxide levels have also been "shown to increase the amount of biomass and pollen production by a plant," noted Demain.
"These are issues that are going to affect a vast number of people throughout the world." The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America -- which describes itself as "the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies" -- says climate change is a "serious threat" to public health, citing longer allergy seasons and worsening air quality caused by rising temperatures.
Five cities in the South and Southwest -- McAllen, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee and San Antonio, Texas -- top this year's "most challenging places to live with spring allergies" list issued by the AAFA.
Rinse the inside of your nose with a nasal rinse to flush out and remove pollens you have inhaled into your nasal passages.