Is Climate Change Making Allergies Worse?

The wishy washy weather we’ve been witnessing over the past few years could be contributing to increased allergy symptoms. This is especially so during the winter when there is heavy slow, followed by warm weather, sending pollen and mold spewing across the land. Allergy testing and natural treatment are readily available at naturopathic medicine centers all around the country. If your family suffers from year-round or seasonal allergies, consider consulting with a naturopathic doctor.

According to a study by the USDA called the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there is a link between the longer ragweed pollen season and warming temperatures. The research was lead by Lewis Ziska and showed that the ragweed season was extended 27 days in the northern parts of the U.S. This was likely due to winter starting later and ending sooner. This resulted to an extended period of pollen-bearing plants to produce allergens. There’s other research that points to similar conclusions.

Thanks to the overly warm weather, allergy seasons have become much longer and more difficult to bear. Those who suffer seasonal allergies may have witnessed this across the nation. During the summer and spring, you may witness itchy, red eyes, sneezing and post-nasal drips. The warming weather is turning seasonal allergies into nearly year-round allergies.

Airborne pollen is the typical culprit for these symptoms, which are known as allergic rhinitis and hay fever. It can also bring a host of other problems for asthma sufferers, who witness attacks more often during these seasons. In some cases, they can even be life-threatening. About 10 million Americans have allergy-drive asthma. This is double the rate it was back in 1980.

There are natural allergy treatments available at naturopathic medicine centers near you, such as SLIT. This is an oral treatment that you place beneath your tongue. With a proper diet, this can help to stave off allergy symptoms and potentially eliminate it altogether. Check with your local naturopathic center to learn more about it.

Majority of the pollen that leads to allergy symptoms come from trees, grasses and weeds. During the spring, the main culprit is tree pollen, while during the summer it’s pollen from the grass. Late summer and fall is when the airways are dominated by weed pollen. Allergy testing is needed in order to determine what’s causing your seasonal allergy symptoms. The time of year you witness them would normally tell you what the culprit could be, but lately, the weather has been on the fritz.

There are various studies that have connected climate change to longer and more severe allergy seasons. Data shows spring is coming 10 to 14 days sooner compared to two decades ago. This means more pollen for longer time frames. A study published by the USDA that shows hay fever is more prominent and longer lasting. For instance, one ragweed normally produced one million pollen grains. But during climate change, ragweeds are supercharged, increasing the number of pollen grains to three to four million. And this is only one of the many weed species found around the U.S.

Thunderstorms too have been linked to increased allergy symptoms. This is what gave it the name “thunderstorm asthma.” Some doctors believe it has something to do with the pollen and dust stirred up by the storm. Since thunderstorms have also increased in frequency and severity, it is directly contributing to allergies.

There are over 60 million Americas suffering from seasonal allergies. If you are one of them, you should consult with a physician that uses naturopathic medicine to treat allergies.

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Allergies – Powerful Natural Remedies Revealed

There is a common practice today, among many physicians, to stamp anything which they cannot successfully diagnose, “allergy”. The reason for this is that so little is known about allergies that the diagnosis leaves plenty of room for discussion and explanation. The “indefinite” diagnoses have always been favoured by the less responsible physicians. Two hundred years ago, a condition that could not be diagnosed was called “bad humours” and anyone who suffered anything from stomach-ache to cancer or gall-stones was told his humours were acting up. This was followed by the “acids” theory, where strange and mysterious acids were accountable for all undiagnosed conditions.

This is not to say that allergies do not exist. There certainly is a strange group of body reactions to which has been given the title, allergy. To be exact, there are two such groups: those which are localized on the surface of the body, from face to feet, or skin allergies; and those which inhabit the chest, throat and nasal areas, or respiratory allergies. These two groups include the majority of allergic reactions.

In the respiratory group would be such common conditions as hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, etc. These conditions are centred in the respiratory system, but some (particularly hay fever and sinus conditions) tend to spill over into other areas, as for instance the eyes, which may water, redden and puff under severe attack. There is good reason to believe that these particular allergies are related to Vitamin C deficiency. Low potency (natural) Vitamin C pills have proved useful in the treatment of such allergies, as has the B complex.

The skin allergies, hives and nettle-rash, as examples, are in some degree related to an over-acid condition of the body. This is not to be confused with the “mysterious acids” of one hundred years ago, which were conveniently blamed for most diseases. The acids I speak of are produced right within the body and consumed day by day in the daily diet. The rational diet, with its balanced intake and natural form, will not support a hyper-acid condition. To defeat this condition when it already exists in the body, it is necessary to cleanse the system completely.

Herbal laxative pills (1-2 a day for three days); mild enemas (1 a day, for a week) and Return to Nature Diet will supply the thorough broom that a hyper-acid condition demands. The recommendation involved daily natural baths with particular emphasis upon the area affected. Pressure (douche) baths upon the affected area and a mild (not too brisk) rub following the bath, were effective. Where the skin was particularly dry, a few drops of olive oil were applied.

The skin-allergy patients were advised to soften the water used for bathing with a cup of starch. Bicarbonate of soda should never be used to soften water for a sensitive skin, since it is an alkali and will have a drying and destructive effect in time.

Dry skin should not be bathed too frequently or for long periods of time. Baths should be quick affairs and olive oil may help to relieve the loss of skin oil. Air baths should be indulged in frequently as a substitute for the daily water-baths which you may miss.

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