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Report: NH Tops List of “Hot Spots” for Allergies

April 15, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. - Spring has sprung a lot earlier in New Hampshire this year, and with it an increased incidence of allergies, scientists say. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation maps out areas of the country where the effects of a changing climate could further increase the amount of pollen and other allergens in the air. New Hampshire is at the top of the list.

Paul Epstein, a researcher at the Harvard University Center for Health & the Global Environment, says that an increase of C02 (carbon dioxide) is affecting plants in unforeseen ways.

"We knew it would green the earth and stimulate plant growth. We hadn't foreseen that the nuisance, opportunistic species - like weeds - would make a lot more pollen."

If you are susceptible to allergies or asthma, the report offers some tips. First, discuss your allergies with your doctor and get an allergy test to find out which plants you are allergic to. Then, since pollen gets trapped in hair and clothing, be sure to shower after being outdoors. Also, dust and vacuum your home more frequently during allergy season.

Increased allergens such as pollen also can trigger asthma attacks, says Mike Tringale, director of external affairs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. He warns patients and others to take action to reduce risks.

"We want them to improve their relationship with their doctors so they can have a better allergy and asthma management plan, and we want communities to improve their response to the global warming problem."

The full report, "Extreme Allergies & Global Warming," is available at

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH