Here’s how to tell the difference between COVID-19, allergy symptoms
With more variants of COVID-19 cropping up around the world, and students back IN the classroom, it’s important to know the difference between symptoms of the coronavirus and those of seasonal allergies and more common sinus infections.
Forecasting change: Spring is getting warmer
For most of us in Florida, spring does not hold the same allure as it does for our friends and relatives up north or in the Midwest, but spring is coming, and it is changing in Florida. During the past 50 years, the average spring temperature has been on the rise. Average spring temperatureAcross the country, 96% of cities are reporting an increase in the number of above-normal spring days. The graphic below shows that we have increased our “warm days” by almost 11 days. Warm spring daysThis means shorter winters, hotter days, more air conditioning, more pests and bugs and longer pollen seasons that make allergy sufferers miserable.
Pollen season has grown longer, more severe over past 30 years
ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida’s pollen season has kicked into high gear this year, with the return of spring-like temperatures. This then would mean temperatures strongly influence not only the length of pollen season, but also its intensity. Studying their 60 pollen reporting stations across the country, the pollen season has become 20 days longer compared to what it was 1990. Because pollen concentrations are highly sensitive to temperature and carbon dioxide, this study found that human-caused climate change was responsible for at least half of the additional days of pollen season. These findings concern doctors, as these drastic changes to our pollen season across the country could impact many who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Achoo! Highest allergy levels of the year arrive next week
ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s getting to be that time of year again. Since the warmth in early January, allergy levels have been running in the medium to high category with Juniper, Elm and Alder being the top outdoor allergens. Allergy forecastSpring-like warmth will surge back into Central Florida starting Monday which will help to increase allergy levels. Central Florida will remain in the medium-high category through Monday with the worst days over the next five days occurring Tuesday through Thursday. Do you have a go-to allergy remedy?
Study: Babies born in fall more likely to have allergies
Food allergies affect an estimated 8% of U.S. children, according to the CDC, and a new study suggests, the time of year a baby is born can put them at a higher risk. And when you’re born plays into it, according to the study’s lead author, Dr. Jessica Hui. “We found that children born in the fall, which is September, October and November, are at higher risk of developing these allergic conditions,” Hui said. Hui said parents can protect their children by practicing good skin care. “Put all the different creams on the baby, make sure the skin stays smooth and is healthy and well hydrated,” Hui said.
Any relief in sight? Dust related allergies, heat remain high
ORLANDO, Fla. – If your allergies and sinuses are acting up, the dust from Sahara Desert that has been in our sky is likely to blame. The lower concentration of dust should help allergies improve by the middle of the week. Tropical Update:Two areas in the tropics have been highlighted as having a low chance to develop. The tropics remain relatively quiet. Two areas have been highlighted by the National Hurricane Center as having a low chance to develop.
Tropical Tracker: Saharan Dust dominates the Atlantic, keeping storm development low
While dust from the Sahara Desert makes a trip across the Atlantic every year, 2020′s dust has been abnormally thick. Because of the dry air and increased wind shear within the area of dust, tropical development becomes less likely in the areas where the dust is present. Hello, (goodbye) DollyIf you blinked, you may have missed Tropical Storm Dolly. NO tropical development is expected. There are several tropical waves coming off of Africa, which is early for that to be happening, but the environment is not conducive for tropical development at this time.
Have allergies, but don’t want to go to the doctor in COVID-19 pandemic? These self-care methods might help
With sinus and allergy season in full swing, the coronavirus pandemic is causing more hesitation for allergy sufferers who would normally go to a doctor or hospital for treatment. “Sinus and allergy season is here,” Beven said. Some foods to consumeAntioxidants help shield cells from oxidative stress. Bioflavonoids enhance the action of Vitamin C and supports blood circulation, which can aid in fighting allergies, viruses or arthritis. These help keep the gut healthy, which is important since 80% of immunity resides in the gut.