Pollen counts to 'double by 2040'

9 November

Allergy suffers have been told that by the year 2040, pollen counts will have more than doubled.

This is the finding of a new study that is being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Allergist Leonard Bielory explained that climate change will increase pollen counts massively.

He said: "Economic growth, global environment sustainability, temperature and human-induced changes, such as increased levels of carbon dioxide, are all responsible for the influx that will continue to be seen."

Researchers also postulated that "sneezing season" will commence much earlier than usual.

"In 2000, annual pollen production began on April 14th, and peaked on May 1st," Dr Bielory elaborated.

"Pollen levels are predicted to peak earlier on April 8th, 2040. If allergy sufferers begin long-term treatment such as immunotherapy (allergy shots) now, they will have relief long before 2040 becomes a reality."

The NHS states that pollen allergies are caused when plants release pollen particles into the air. To avoid exposure, people can check weather reports and keep doors and windows shut mid-morning/early evening.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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