Researchers believe that man-made climate change is prolonging the pollen season

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A new study from the Labor National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that man-made climate change has already prolonged the pollen season in North America, and they predict it will only get worse. Researchers believe that more heat and CO2 levels in our atmosphere prolong the growing season for plants because these conditions can stimulate plant growth. The extended growing season forces plants to let out more pollen and for a long time. “I would say that personally I see more people having problems in the spring and fall,” said Dr. Ashley Bauer, an otolaryngologist. “But there are a lot of summer allergies, and so people can have problems throughout the season and even in the winter, depending on how warm the climate is,” the doctor said. Bauer recommends that people with allergies turn to them. She said that if over-the-counter drugs are not enough, there are still options available. “We can start with smaller things and we can move on to immunotherapy with them to try to change their immune response,” Dr. Bauer said. “But we have things we can do. So don’t lose hope.” See the full story in the video above.

A new study from the Labor National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that human-induced climate change has already prolonged the pollen season in North America, and they predict it will only get worse.

Researchers believe that warmer temperatures and higher levels of CO2 in our atmosphere prolong the growing season for plants because these conditions can stimulate plant growth. The extended growing season forces plants to let out more pollen and for a long time.

“I would say that personally I see more people having problems in the spring and fall,” says Dr. Ashley Bauer, an otolaryngologist. “But there are a lot of summer allergies, and so people can have problems throughout the season and even winters, depending on how warm the climate is.”

Dr. Bauer recommends people with allergies to contact them. She said that if over-the-counter drugs are not enough, there are options.

“We can start with smaller things and we can move on to immunotherapy with them to try to change their immune response,” Dr. Bauer said. “But we have things we can do. So don’t lose hope.”

Watch the video above for the full story.

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