Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma

Every year, allergic asthma associated with oak pollen sends more   than 20,000 people to the emergency room, and, according to a   recent study, that number could increase as greenhouse emissions continue to rise. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase through the end of this century, the oak pollen season in some areas could extend by up to eight days. People with oak pollen allergies, particularly children, will have longer exposure to pollen that can induce allergic asthma. This increase in pollen is predicted to lead to                                                       a 10 percent increase in ER visits for allergic asthma by 2090.

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