One Of The Worst States For Allergies

Climate change, including a rise in carbon dioxide and changes in weather patterns, are impacting seasonal allergies and prolonging the typical allergy season

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 5:55 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 10:28 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. – If it feels like this allergy season is hitting harder and earlier every year, it’s probably because it is. Students from multiple allergist’s around the world have discovered that the increase in carbon dioxide and the changes in weather patterns are two of the main factors to blame.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI) up to 25% of the worlds population has pollen sensitivities and the increase in carbon dioxide is making pollen more allergenic.

Not only that, but the change in weather patterns that we’ve seen in recent years, resulting in an increase in floods and droughts are resulting in longer pollen seasons.

What can you do about your allergy symptoms?

Dr. Vanvalkenburg, a Family Practice Physician and Director of Urgent Care at Providence Medford Medical Clinic Stewart Meadows, recommends you see an allergist if anti-histamines and other over-the-counter medications aren’t helping with symptoms.

An allergist can help you identify specific triggers that might be causing your symptoms, “An allergist can test you, both skin test or blood test, to see which allergens you are most susceptible to. An allergist can also give you some more advanced treatments," said Dr. Vanvalkenburg.

A few things that you can do to combat allergies on a daily basis are taking anti-histamine medications such as Benadryl, Zyrtec and Claritin. Dr. Vanvalkenburg recommends pairing oral medications with a nasal steroid to get the best result and most relief, "Take allergy medication regularly instead of just as needed or when your symptoms get really bad. If you can get on a program of taking anti-histamine and a nasal steroid every day during your bad allergy season then that can be helpful in preventing acute flare ups."

Some people may not even realize that they have allergies since you can develop allergies as you age or experience different allergies based on where you are located, “It also depends, again, on your environment and so if you have recently moved to the area then you may be exposed to new allergens that you weren’t exposed to before,” explained Dr. Vanvalkenburg.

If you feel like you have a chronic cold or if you’re on a lot of medication for re-occurring infections, it could be an immune issue and related to allergies that you don’t know you have.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60720847
Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5109348

Reported Deaths: 74802
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153635127246
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
Unassigned1560
Alpine1080
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Crater Lake
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 43°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 43°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Showers ending tonight, valley fog forms
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Monday, December 6th Evening Weather

Image

Two victims identified in fiery plane crash outside Medford Airport Chevrolet

Image

Monday, December 6 afternoon weather

Image

RAW VIDEO: Plane crashes into Medford car lot after takeoff

Image

Pilot dies in Medford plane crash near the Airport Chevrolet on Biddle Road

Image

Monday, December 6 morning weather

Image

Medford Plane Crash

Image

Sunday, December 5th Weather

Image

Sunday, December 5th Weather

Image

Saturday, December 4th Weather