Allergies are increasing in almost every developed country in the world. This is hard to understand with all of our medical and technological advances.
Here are 5 possible reasons for an increase in the number of people with allergic reactions:
1. Climate Change.
With the rise in the median temperature around the world, trees are producing more pollen. And while this helps to replenish vegetation and keeps the planet green, its effect is making life miserable for those who have sensitivity to airborne pollen.
2. More Awareness.
There are more people aware of allergic reactions today than 50 to 100 years ago. The percentage of people worldwide may not have increased, but now that we are all more aware of the condition we are better able to differentiate it from the common cold or other conditions with similar symptoms.
3. More Insulated Environment.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that indoor air is 20 times more polluted than outdoor air. In some ways we have moved forward with storm windows and doors, and central heating and air conditioning. Both those same advances have helped to trap airborne pollutants giving them no way out which can cause allergic reactions in significant part of our population.
Continuous exposure to irritants such as dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pet dander, and seasonal pollen can exacerbate those who are already allergic, and can cause the onset of allergies and asthma in those who were previously healthy.
4. Increase In Pollution.
Emissions from cars, trucks, buses, factories, and other pollutants that are sent airborne tend to hold pollutants captive in the air. This increases exposure to allergens when outdoors and can cause allergic reactions or make existing conditions worse.
A lot of the reason is out of anyone's hands. Your family's medical history plays a big part in determining whether you will have a problem. It seems that those with a family history of the allergic reaction condition are more likely to suffer with it than not.
Regardless of the reason, there are several things that trigger your symptoms. It is often a combination of things. So, keeping a journal or diary will help you correlate allergic reaction symptoms with patterns of everyday behavior.
Once you are sure of what the allergens are, take great care to avoid them. Using natural and non-invasive solutions in the long run is healthier and cost effective.
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