Are you a part of these statistics?
Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children. Additionally, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
Tree pollen is the main driver for spring allergies. As the trees have started to bloom and pollen gets in to the air, allergy sufferers have begun their annual ritual of sniffling, sneezing, and running for the tissue box.
Further, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, half of the 24 million Americans with asthma have allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by an allergy. For those with allergic asthma, breathing in pollen can cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, leading to stepping up or starting new medications to help get these symptoms under control.
The most powerful tool allergy sufferers have against potential climate change affects is taking preventive measures to minimize symptoms.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has some tips for coping with spring allergies:
1. Take allergy medications as prescribed by your physician.
2. Keep the windows in your home closed, which prevents pollens from drifting in.
3. Minimize morning activity when pollen levels are at their highest, between 5 and 10 a.m.
4. Keep your car windows closed when driving.
5. Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported to be high, and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air.
6. Use a clothes dryer to machine dry bedding and clothing, instead of hanging clothes on a clothesline, which can cause laundry to become coated with pollen.