How Some Doctors Say Global Warming Could Impact Allergies

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–As flu season winds down, allergy season is kicking into gear. 

The first day of spring means that doctors are already seeing an increase in patients with allergy symptoms. 

Dr. Minh-Thu Le of Cox Health says in 2016 and 2017 there was an uptick in allergies and she thinks it’s because of the weather. 

Over the last two years, there were a lot of warmer days with more moisture and pollen in the air.

For Dakotah Noble, enjoying a nice spring day outdoors is no walk in the park.

 “I mean it really stinks because what comes with it you know, the runny eyes and the drainage and just not feeling great,” says Noble. 

And she is not alone. 

“You know my nose gets runny, my head gets stuffed,” says allergy sufferer, Vicki Petty. 

“Makes me think I have pneumonia, but I don’t,” says allergy sufferer, Raymond Gully. 

Dr. Le of Cox Health says our weather could contribute to your allergies.

 “Definitely global warming is a factor and the evidence is all around us that it’s occurring. We see that here just in the Ozarks,” says Dr. Le. 

Doctors say an effect of global warming causes a shift in weather patterns, which could prolong the growing season for things like trees, which impacts people with allergies.

 “Last year, we really didn’t have a winter and that’s when we had really terrible spring pollens that started in February, which was unheard of,” says Dr. Le. 

So can anything be done about global warming as it relates to allergies?

“Probably not,” says Dr. Le. 

Dr. Le also says with low mold and tree levels now is the best time to get a jump on your allergy medicine even if you’re not feeling bad.

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