Asthma sufferers feel climate change affects
Higher than normal Michigan temperatures effecting asthma sufferers.
Were you among seasonal allergy sufferers this summer? Those with asthma, particularly hay fever, seemed to have worse symptoms. Higher than normal temperatures have been linked to longer allergenic ragweed pollen seasons, which is one health effect of climate change. Michigan State University Extension partners with MSU faculty to learn more about climate change and educate Mich. citizens.
Today’s increased levels of carbon dioxide can cause ragweed to produce twice as much pollen. The pollen season also becomes longer due to warmer than average days.
Because of warmer and wetter weather, the effects of climate change, conditions could be unbearable for the increasing number of allergy and asthma sufferers. Approximately 25 million children and adult have asthma in the United States. Asthma has a high cost for individuals and the nation, with an estimated annual medical bills are $3,300 per person. The cost of missing school or work when an asthma attack happens also needs to be considered. You can read more in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention fact sheet.
We all need to breathe to live. When breathing is difficult, our health is affected. Preventing and managing allergies and respiratory illnesses will be more important as warmer and wetter weather continues. Learn about climate change at http://climatechange.msu.edu/