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Global warming could be partly to blame for rise in pollen count

Most Americans love the warm weather summer brings, but the majority is less than pleased by the pollen and other environmental allergens that also spike between spring and fall. Though such allergies are necessary to help support tree and flower growth, some people might be thinking the allergy season has grown worse over the years, and unfortunately, they're right. 

Alyson Eberhardt, a coastal ecosystems extension specialist at the University of New Hampshire, told Foster's Daily Democrat that warmer winters mean longer summers and a boost in allergies. Eberhardt added that Superstorm Sandy and late snowstorms helped nourish plants, leading to the development of more pollen.

"Not only do we now have a longer allergy season, but we also have a higher pollen count," Eberhardt told the news outlet. 

Even though pollen levels will be high, affecting more than 35 million seasonal allergy sufferers, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, there are ways to curb the side effects. 

Eberhardt told Foster's Daily Democrat that people can limit symptoms by washing their hands before bed, refraining from hanging clothes outside to dry during peak pollen season and keeping the windows closed to prevent pollen from getting in the house. Investing in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus will also ensure people breathe easy at home.