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Sensitivity to Ragweed is on the Rise

ragweedMore and more people are becoming allergic to ragweed and molds. In a recent study conducted by Quest Diagnostics, the results from nearly 14 million blood tests, from 2 million patients over a four-year study clearly show increases in sensitization to pollens. Ragweed increased 15% from 2005-2008, for mold the increase was 12%.

A study in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that ragweed season was nearly a month longer in 2009 than in 1995 in northern areas of North America. Whether this is a result of climate change is still up to discussion. 2011 has been a bumper year for all things pollen so expect even worse results for this year.

A list of the top most populated cities for sensitization to ragweed: 1. Phoenix, 2. Las Vegas, 3. Kansas City, 4. Riverside-San Bernardino, 5. Dallas, 6. Chicago, 7. Sacramento, 8. Philadelphia, 9. Denver, 10. Washington D.C., Minneapolis/St. Paul (tied) If you didn’t see your city, and feel you live in the worst place for ragweed, you are not alone. It doesn’t matter where your city ranks if you are the one suffering from ragweed pollen. To find the pollen count for your area for the next few days go to: http://www.pollen.com/faq.asp  Also read more about how to make your life more comfortable during allergy season  on my Allergy Comfort Zone Blog

5 Responses

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