A recent article mentioned how the excessive rainfall in California and the bomb cyclone in Colorado are wreaking havoc on our eco-system. This is all a part of climate change. It also has a lot to do with healthy lifestyles and our and ability to live well. It seems that skyrocketing pollen counts are one of the consequences of climate change. According to the article, Dr. David Rosenstreich, the director of the division of allergy and immunology for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montifore Medical Center, told PEOPLE that the trees are pollinating earlier and earlier.
It appears this is helping to make the allergy season more severe.
Why Be Concerned?
If you have bronchial, asthma or lung conditions, increased pollen counts can trigger an attack that can be very dangerous. According to the PEOPLE article cited above, climate change can increase air pollution, boosting pollen production and strength, causing even more severe asthma attacks. The Lung Institute says that people with COPD are at greater risk for a flare-up during allergy season. Add to that longer, more intense seasons and that makes it even more difficult to breath.
What can you do?
As soon as you get any symptoms:
⦁ Take your antihistamines, if you use them. Antihistamines work much better to prevent allergies than to treat them. This goes along with the concept of being pro-active rather than re-active. Look for high grade allergy tablets, containing the common antihistamine ingredient Loratadine, that provide 24-hour, non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. You can get them at about 50% the cost of popular store brands.
- Try essential oils. A great study has been done showing that peppermint essential oil has a great anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs in healthy individuals. Another study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil improved lung capacity. Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have long been used for congestion and soothing airways, and frankincense has been shown to be helpful in allergic rhinitis. Look for essential oils that are of the highest quality oils. You can get them at an incredible value.
⦁ If you want to run or exercise, do it in the afternoon or night. The pollen count is higher in the mornings.
⦁ Shake out your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outdoors when the pollen count is high.
⦁ If you live in the city, keep tabs on the air quality (affects pollen and vice versa) and schedule activities accordingly. Go here to check the current air quality and forecast for Phoenix, Arizona.
Children running: www.cdc.gov/asthma
Essential oils: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Allergy tables containing Loratadine: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Resources for this article:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/ Peppermint study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/ Frankincense study
This article was written by Martha L. Robards 5/1/19