Study: Allergies to get worse in coming years

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to a recent study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, pollen counts are expected to nearly *triple* by the year 2040.

Research found that pollen levels increased significantly over the last 25 years with 2012 going down as the worst yet.

Doctor Scott Snodgrass sees a bit of truth to those findings.

A record-warm winter led to a surge in patients in February--2 months earlier than normal.

"If it warms up earlier like it did last year, then we will see increased pollen production. We'll see patients sooner and the seasons will last longer."

Detailed in the study was a pollen count over 8,000 only twelve years ago.

That number is predicted to reach nearly 22 thousand by 2040.

"With increased industrial expansion, that you have increased carbon dioxide production and increased temperature. And both of those contribute to increased pollen production."

Patients would come in sooner with more severe symptoms, needing a more aggressive treatment.

However, Snodgrass says this is all an estimation based on statistics and past weather patterns--this is not set in stone.

"I don't think anyone can tell you for sure that this is a climate change that's going to be permanent versus this is just a cyclical change we're seeing over a period of years."

As those years pass, Snodgrass expects breakthroughs in the field of immunology--the basis for all medical treatments.

Only time will tell.

"I think there will be different forms of treatment by 2040. And with those advancements, there may be ways to not only control these symptoms, but ultimately cure these symptoms."

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