Climate Change Will Impact Your Health
Scientific studies show that climate change has an impact on general health. Allergies are prevalent throughout the United States and impose a substantial quality of life and economic burden. The potential effect of climate change has an impact on allergic disorders through variability of aeroallergens, food allergens and insect-based allergic venoms. Data suggest allergies (ocular and nasal allergies, allergic asthma and sinusitis) have increased in the United States and that there are changes in allergies to stinging insect populations (vespids, apids and fire ants). The cause of this upward trend is unknown, but any climate change may induce augmentation of this trend; the subspecialty of allergy and immunology needs to be keenly aware of potential issues that are projected for the near and not so distant future.
In this NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, an allergy doctor at Family ENT, Allergy & Asthma Center with offices in Gaithersburg, Olney and Frederick, MD, has tips on dealing with a changing environment.