Sacramento, California-  Early blooming of flowers due to a recent rainfall has increased allergy season’s rates in Sacramento. According to experts, climate change is affecting pollen season and increasing pollen count.

Early bloom of flowers and other plants is causing allergy patients to take more precautions than in previous years.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19.1 million adults and 6.1 million children experience seasonal allergies, with symptoms such as repetitive sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and itchiness.

El Niño winter brings more pollen, allergies to Sacramento. Credit: The Sacramento Bee

This year’s allergy season in Sacramento California has come earlier than expected, thanks to rainfalls and “El Niño” linked climate changes citizens are preparing for their sniffing season.

According to the website this year’s spring allergy season might be one of the worst ever, thanks to weather patterns and climate change’s that impact on pollen. The mild winter and the presence of the “El niño” phenomena translate in one of the biggest and worse allergy seasons.

Dr. Travis Miller is a specialist in allergies and allergy treatment,  that is currently prescribing a pair of new and popular allergy medications called Grastek and Rowitek. The medication goes under the patient’s tongue on a daily basis, relieving allergy symptoms caused by grass, pollen, and weeds.

The medication is prescribed with allergy shots, helps patients with constant and severe allergies.

Other cities are experiencing increments on their allergy season rates and pollen counts, Pennsylvania has been experiencing a string of unusually warm days with more blooming trees than normal. Spring rains are helping pollen to fly around the air, with stronger winds allergies are affecting more patients on a daily basis.

Other cities that are experiencing a worsening in their allergy season are : Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, Louisville, between others according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Source: CBS Sacramento