Because climate change is worsening our allergies
It is a fact! Climate change is real and is making our allergies and asthma worse!
And, if we don’t want to spend more time at the doctor, more money on treatments, and more days of just feeling miserable, we need to do something.
Wait! What does climate change has to do with my allergies in the first place?
Both the causes and consequences of climate change are impacting our health. Here are just a few examples:
- Pollution and greenhouse gases, the biggest factors in climate change, damage our respiratory tracts and make our lung functions decline over time.
- Higher temperatures generate a change in our ecosystem. This means that many plants are starting to grow in places they never had been seen before. Therefore more people are exposed to pollen and allergens in general.
- It also increases the duration and intensity of pollen season.
- As storms and flooding become more common, so is mold, which in turn can trigger allergic reactions and increase the risk of lung diseases.
Watch Jeffrey Demain, MD, from AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) explain this phenomenon in more details.
So, why are we only finding out now?
This is not new! Climate specialists and doctors have been studying the effect of global warming on our health for quite a while. However, as more people get diagnosed with asthma and/or allergies, we are finally starting to hear about their findings.
The Spring of 2019 was particularly severe for allergy sufferers, but not only. It also affected people who had never been bothered by allergies before. This raised lots of questions from the public and prompted the publication of several articles on the matter.
If you are interested in reading more about this, here are some articles you might find interesting:
- 5 Questions: Climate Change Already Is Making Asthma Worse. What Can Be Done About It? – the Philadelphia Inquirer
- Your Seasonal Allergies Are Getting Worse Because of High Levels of Carbon Dioxide — here’s why – Business Insider
- Climate Change is Making Allergy Season Worse – CNN
- Does Climate Change Impact Allergic Disease? – AAAAI
But what can we do?
Be more ecofriendly!
As obvious as this might sound, you cannot change the body that you were born with. However, you can change the environment through which your body evolves.
If climate change is worsening our allergies and our asthma, there will be a point when medications don’t help anymore. Things will only get worse for us. Therefore, if you haven’t started to fight climate change, now is the time! And if you are not doing it for the animals, the planet, or the children (that you might or might not have), at least do it for you!
Where do I start?
I will be regularly adding posts to this category, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, try to:
- Use less plastic,
- Drive your car not as often
- Eat a bit less animal products (aka meat, fish, dairy).
- Follow the 3 R rule…
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
If you are already doing all those things, then try to calculate your carbon footprint to find out what you can do better. You can also check my article called: Why the planet and allergy sufferers need you to buy plant gifts over cut flowers.
I want to hear from you!
If you are already helping fight allergies through fighting climate change, I want to hear from you! How are you contributing? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me here to get a chance of getting featured on my blog!