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    How Climate Shifts are Increasing Global Allergy Risks Through Longer Pollen Seasons and New Triggers

    As Allergy Week begins, are warning about a troubling trend- climate change appears to be exacerbating environmental conditions that are heightening allergy risks worldwide. Rising temperatures and shifts in patterns are influencing the timing and severity of pollen seasons.

    Warmer weather is prolonging the pollen season in many regions, exposing people to allergy triggers for longer stretches. It's also influencing the geographic ranges of plants and weeds. Some are moving further north and adapting to survive in new areas, bringing unfamiliar pollen types to susceptible populations without natural immunity.

    Late frosts from changing conditions allow plants to release pollen earlier in warmer areas. Extended intervals between rains are worsening air quality by boosting pollen and spore quantities. Increased carbon dioxide levels may be enlarging pollen grains and allergenic qualities too, as studies increasingly indicate.

    Specialists emphasise the need for timely treatment and lifestyle changes to combat rising caseloads linked to the climate crisis. Seeking medical advice, following medication schedules precisely, and limiting outdoor activity on high pollen count days can help asymptomatic patients avoid flare-ups. Proactive prevention is critical amid this invisible public threat that can seriously affect quality of life. Unless carbon emissions are curbed urgently, the allergy epidemic fuelled by ongoing climate alterations will likely intensify in the coming decades.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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