Pattern of Pollen Levels This Year May Cause More Misery

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A lot of people who are prone to allergy were caught unprepared when certain areas in both the South and East Coasts recorded intermittent patterns of pollen counts during the first 3 months of 2013. Pure Solutions NA reported that high levels of tree pollen count were recorded last January, then dropped off in the first weeks of February and then increased again around the end of the month.

Pattern of Pollen Levels This Year May Cause More Misery
These abrupt changes in temperature are causing pollen levels to increase, decrease and increase again.

As spring allergy season came in early in many parts of the country, doctors warn that there are some indications it could be more difficult than usual for allergy sufferers hoping for fresh air this year. While 2012 brought about the warmest winter in recorded history leading to massive increase in pollen levels, which appeared one month earlier than normal in some places -- 2013 had areas experiencing a false spring. Temperatures were high for a time and then went low again.

These abrupt changes in temperature are causing pollen levels to increase, decrease and increase again. According to Dr. Stanley M. Fineman, MD, an allergy specialist based in Atlanta and former president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, this behavior may result in something called “the priming effect” to allergy sufferers.

“When patients are exposed, then the pollen goes away for a while, there’s a weather change or whatever, then they are re-exposed to that pollen, they can have an even more significant effect because their system is primed to respond,” explained Dr. Fineman.

“It results in patients having a lot more difficulty with significantly worse symptoms that may be tougher to get under control,” he added.

As a result, the Allergy and Asthma Center of Georgetown Texas reported treating patients with seasonal allergies about a month earlier than expected. According to Dr. Sheila Amar, MD, typical symptoms of the patients include congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat, itchy throat, headache, itchy tears and of course, there are patients who have allergy-triggered asthma. “It’s pretty miserable,” she said.

Scientists claim that climate change is responsible for the early onslaught of the allergy season. Dr. Jake Weltzin, PhD said that springs are coming earlier. As the weather gets warmer earlier in the year, more plants and trees start to bloom at the same time, creating “a pollen bomb,” Dr. Weltzin says. Weltzin is the executive director of the USA National Phenology Network, a government project tasked to record the consequence of climate change on the behavior of living things.

Research has also revealed that higher levels of carbon dioxide generated from green house gas causes the exposed plants to increase pollen production. This type of pollen is more potent because it contains higher amounts of proteins that trigger allergic reactions.

The safest way to manage allergy symptoms is to treat them before the symptoms start acting up. Allergy specialists say that once the immune system starts reacting to allergic triggers it’s more difficult to manage the reaction. Being proactive, such as cleaning the home and installing safe air purifiers to ensure fresh air indoors, such as those offered by PURE Technologies, a company dedicated to help prevent allergies, should be a good way to start. More importantly, it is also best to avoid being outdoors on a day when the pollen count is high.

About PURE
PURE is a company who is committed to providing solutions that allow individuals to live a clean, quality lifestyle, at home or on the go. Aside from focusing on allergy-friendly options for the home as well as their 7-step purification process in PURE Rooms, PURE is also working to BRING its technology to schools, offices and retail outlets worldwide. Aside from air purifiers, PURE products include pillow and mattress encasements, anti-allergen spray and tea tree oil.

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