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Allergy specialist: Climate change could produce longer, worse allergy seasons

An allergist says those suffering from a bad allergy can try to minimize their time outdoors and keep their windows closed at home and in the car.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2022, 2:26 AM

Updated 828 days ago

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Medical experts are warning that the stuffy noses and itchy eyes of allergy season could be getting worse and longer.
Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergy and immunology specialist at Northwell Health, says climate change has been affecting the allergy season. She says the spring weather is longer and potentially more heat and more precipitation can cause more growth of trees and pollen produced.
Farzan says there could also be more grass during the summer and more weeds during the fall.
Long Islanders say they are already dealing with issues associated with their allergies.
"Whenever I go to sleep, sometimes my nose feels stuffy so like one side of my nose feel stuff sometimes so I can't like breath out of my nose," says Syosset resident Colin Raymond. "And like now over the years, it gets worse. So, not when I play baseball, both my nose is stuff so it's like hard for me to actually breathe."
Farzan says those suffering from a bad allergy can try to minimize their time outdoors and keep their windows closed at home and in the car.
"If you know you are pollen allergic, try to wear sunglasses and a cap when you are outside to prevent the pollen from landing on your face," Farzan says.
Farzan says those who want to be outdoors, but have medication that doesn't work, can see an allergist.
She says they have other methods of dealing with minimizing the effects of allergies.


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