Are you feeling the symptoms of spring allergy season in Southern New Jersey? If so, you’re in good company, with millions across the country experiencing the same tree pollen allergic symptoms – sneezing, itchy eyes, running nose, itchy ears and mouth, and nasal congestion amongst others.
You may have also noticed that spring allergy season started earlier this year – and may last longer than in the past. Due to the weather being milder during the transition from winter to spring this year, some types of trees bloomed earlier, causing earlier pollination and the corresponding allergic symptoms. To make things worse, some researchers are saying that climate change is worsening pollen season. It seems that one of the causes of climate change, high levels of carbon dioxide emissions, enables higher pollen production because plants have more carbon dioxide available to absorb and process through photosynthesis, therefore being more productive overall.
The length of this year’s pollen season will also be impacted by the weather – daily temperatures and how much it rains. Those who only suffer in the springtime will be relieved, but for others, once tree pollen season is over, summer brings grass pollen season followed by ragweed pollen season in the fall.
While there are medications to help alleviate pollen allergy symptoms, allergy immunotherapy, a treatment process through which the immune system is desensitized to certain allergens, can be the best route to long-term allergy relief.