Monday, April 17, 2017

Who doesn't like the warm weather, people with allergies

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “20 million adults and 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with seasonal allergies”. Spring is just arriving and all the plants are blooming, but unexpectedly early this year. Multiple areas are releasing intel that trees and plants that usually blossom in late April already started the beginning processes in March. This abnormal flourish of nature has also heightened the allergies in the air causing millions to suffer the running nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and much other discomforts for longer. Researchers have affiliated the warmer spring has increased in allergens produced by plants, and this will create more irritation then normally. In the Spring time, trees and grass cause  the majority of allergens but in the Fall, it is ragweed. Furthermore scientist believe that this coming fall will reflect the intensity of the Spring, so if you are struggling right now prepare for the Fall as well.

Pollen, is extremely small proteins that enters into a person stimulates the immune system in which the person body believes those proteins are dangerous to the body. In return the immune cells produce histamines that create itchiness and swelling. One way to find out if you suffer from allergens is through a simple blood test. Using the genetic information found in the genome, the doctors can confirm that you have allergies and tell you exactly what you are allergic to. Following the knowledge obtained from the allergy testing one can use medication to help prevent and prepare for the high pollinated seasons. Researchers have been testing treating allergies withes bees pollen, the goal is to help the body identify the pollen amicably rather than as a for. With all testing there are risks, it is recommended if your allergies include closing/swelling of the throat do not try the bee pollen. 

I thought this article was very interesting because as a child I never grew up with allergies but as global warming has altered the seasons slightly making them harsher. The warmer the weather the more pollen. I believe because there is more allergens in the air more people are experiencing the sniffles and that finding out what you are allergic to can save someone's life. 

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