Navigation Links
Allergists at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Say This Year's Fall Allergy Season Could be Worst in Decades
Date:9/12/2007

DALLAS, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you're one of the millions of Texans who suffers through the misery of fall allergies, hold on to your handkerchief: Allergy researchers at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas say the upcoming ragweed season could be the worst in decades.

"The unusually wet weather this summer means ragweed plants are big and healthy, and that's bad news for lots of people," said Gary Gross, MD, an allergist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "Ragweed tends to be one of the worst pollens in Texas, and I think this fall could be the worst in recent memory."

Even worse, more congestion means more people who catch colds and flu this fall will have a tougher and longer battle with the viruses. And with congestion and viral bugs come more sinus infections. "I hate to say it, but it's going to be a rough fall for millions of people," Dr. Gross said.

In addition to wet weather this year in many parts of the state, rising global temperatures during the last decade have increased pollination, as ragweed and other plants struggle to survive the harsher conditions. Additionally, higher levels of carbon dioxide in the air help ragweed grow larger and use water more efficiently, according to recent studies.

"Opportunistic plants like ragweed thrive in warm conditions with more carbon dioxide," said Sandeep Gupta, MD, an allergist on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "When you mix in the tremendous amount of rain we've had this summer, things are going to be really bad this fall for allergy sufferers."

Floods swamped numerous parts of the state this year. River banks, where ragweed traditionally grows, were made fertile from the rushing water of heavy rains. Swollen rivers that crested their normal banks also created millions of acres more than normal of the wet, disturbed soil where ragweed best germinates. Any region in Texas where flooding occurred likely will have high ragweed counts this fall, doctors say.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an allergic response to pollen (the male component of the plant reproductive system) or other microscopic substances. The condition, simply called 'allergies' by many people, affects up to 20 percent of people in Texas and nationwide. That's about 60 million people in the United States -- or five million Texans.

Hay fever has many of the same symptoms as a cold or other viral infection, but it can be much worse, lasting for weeks, even months, Dr. Gross said. "Allergies can have a significant negative impact on a person's quality of life. People who suffer from it don't want to go to work, they can't sleep, their head hurts, they're congested. It can be really devastating."

Nationally, reduced workplace productivity and increased absenteeism related to allergies cost U.S. companies about $250 million a year, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While the condition itself accounts for sick time and lost productivity, some of the most popular over- the-counter treatments can have side effects, including drowsiness, that are as bad as the illness, Dr. Gupta said.

"If someone's having problems, they should go to their primary care physician or allergist to discuss some of the effective prescription medications on the market today," Dr. Gupta said. "For people with severe problems, allergy shots may be the best answer."

The fall ragweed season usually starts in September and lasts until November, when the plants go dormant.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NewYork-Presbyterian Receives Highest Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery
2. Anorexia Patients Sue Dallas Presbyterian Hospital
3. Oracle Corp. to help build worlds first "Digital Hospital"
4. Apollo Hospitals to consider listing on US Bourses in 2003
5. The World Bank funds private Hospital in India
6. Ambulance queue before hospitals with emergency patients
7. Greater volume hospitals better for stroke
8. Spurt in hospital admissions following football shoot-outs
9. Machines take over the battle against hospital bugs
10. New way to control hospital infection
11. Link Between Hyperglycemia & Hospital Mortality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... (CDC), rising prescription opioid overdose deaths now claim the lives of 62 Americans ... civil case filings against drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and prescribers by more than ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, was recently featured in ... the forefront of Gardant since it was founded in 1999. His drive and inquisitive ... more than 40 new senior living communities. With his leadership, Gardant has grown to ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Come to PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Tampa on May 20 and ... educational and exciting 2-day program. , An attendee at a recent PAINWeekEnd said, ... patients” about the course entitled Ain't Misbehavin': Decreasing and Managing Pain Patient Aberrant Behavior, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... 72 countries clearly shows that over the last decade, student well-being has seriously ... all the boxes of formal education, join the Islamic State to turn the ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... “The Saint with Trin, and Omega Station”: a triple feature offering nonstop ... published author, Chris Jackson. Chris Jackson grew up in Abilene, Texas. He ... District teaching English. He is heavily involved in the youth group of his local ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ... that it will be participating in the Deutsche Bank ... Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on ... 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast ... Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  The webcast ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017   ZappRx, Inc ., a digital health ... process, today announced it closed $25 million in Series B ... firm based in Seattle that is ... . The Series B round included participation from SR ... and GV (formerly Google Ventures). As part of ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Services Market Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, ... 2025" report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services ... Low drug registration cost in Latin American countries ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: