May 20, 2013
For several years, the media has been buzzing about how climate change could affect everything from the size of glaciers to the frequency of natural disasters. However, some scientists say they now have reason to believe climate change could impact individuals' seasonal allergies.
According to ABC News, the warmer temperatures and rising carbon dioxide levels associated with climate change mean certain plants - particularly those that affect people with seasonal allergies - will thrive. This news is especially important now, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported that carbon dioxide levels have officially reached 400 parts per million, compared to only 280 parts per million in the 1800s.
This increase in carbon dioxide could affect millions of Americans who already suffer from seasonal allergies. Today, an estimated 50 million people in the U.S. have nasal allergies, meaning this condition affects as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports.
As seasonal allergies could potentially become worse for countless Americans, these individuals may want to invest in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which captures particles such as dust, pollen and other allergens so they can breathe easier in their homes.