How is El Nino Impacting You?
It's easy to imagine the term El Nino as a distant weather expression, one regarding tides and oceans that doesn't have anything to do with you. Yet there's a new weather report saying that this year's spring allergies could be worse than ever before, due to the relatively mild winter thus far as well as to the presence of El Nino.
Weather and Allergies
Believe it or not, weather plays a big role in your allergies in three different ways. The weather plays a crucial role in the distribution of pollen, how much pollen is produced and how much is floating through the air at a time. More often than not, an early winter means an earlier start to the spring allergy season. An uncommon respite from the cold and abnormally mild temperatures during the winter can bring on the early onset of tree and plant pollination.
This year, El Nino has already brought relatively mild, wet weather. This is causing extremely healthy root systems in the trees. Consequently, this means that when the allergy season hits, these trees will be primed and ready to go, releasing pollen earlier than usual. If temperate conditions continue throughout the spring, the higher pollen counts will continue. However, spring frosts and sudden drops in temperature can still freeze pollen tree production so not all hope is lost just yet.
Another reason that El Nino is to blame is because drastic temperature variations can make someone with springtime allergies much more sensitive to irritants. When temperatures jump from 25 degrees one day to 50 the next, as they're known to do with the effects of El Nino, the body's immune system kicks into high gear - which isn't necessarily a good thing if it's happening frequently. In the future, this can cause even more hyper-sensitivity or hyperactivity to the new pollen.
Preparing for El Nino
If you live in a region that has experienced a milder, wet winter, you may begin experiencing symptoms of spring allergies as early as mid-February this year. The best thing that you can do is prepare in advance. Use an air purifier to promote pure, fresh, clean and breathable air in your home and to eliminate irritants in the air that may provoke allergies. Be sure to regularly dust and vacuum your home and keep windows and doors closed during peak pollen times.