United States: The susceptibility among Bay Area residents in particular tends to be sharply painful, whereas many frequently tell about their treatment performed incompletely during the symptoms on social media this year. Regular problems include continuous coughing, loaded noses, and excessive mucus cycles. 

According to Oakland resident Darren Hall, “This year has been different. Face tingles, congestion, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore throat,” as sfstandard.com reported. 

Residents, accustomed to seasonal allergies and the sight of cars coated in pollen, are now facing unprecedented levels of discomfort and illness. 

Expert Opinion 

Meteorologist Dave Spahr from KRON4 attributes the unusually severe reactions to two main factors: recent weather fluctuations, including late-season rains followed by bright sunlight, and the lack of atmospheric flushing to clear out high pollen levels due to persistent weather patterns. 

Pollen Explosion Plagues Locals with Severe Allergy Symptoms. Credit | Getty Images
Pollen Explosion Plagues Locals with Severe Allergy Symptoms. Credit | Getty Images

He added, “Everything is growing like crazy,” as sfstandard.com reported. 

The second reason he mentioned was the impact of regional winds, which, while present, have not been strong enough to disperse the pollen effectively. 

Saphr said, “We’ve had local winds but not synoptic ones,” while talking about the regional winds that have created more movement of winds. 

According to AccuWeather’s allergen forecast, tree pollen levels have reached an “extreme” level, exacerbating the situation. 

Climate Change’s Role in Allergy Rise 

It is proposed by the experts that the climate change and greenhouse effect are some important factors impacting an allergy season’s timing and duration. 

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, variations in global environmental phenomena have been one of the leading causes of the lengthening of the pollen season. It has contributed to the increased intensity and severity of pollen in the environment. 

Allergy-related illnesses, a national phenomenon 

The rise in allergy-related illnesses is not limited to the Bay Area alone. Studies indicate that the spring season has started up to 40 days earlier nationwide, providing more time for pollen production and allergies to manifest. 

Increased Patient Numbers 

Dr. June Zhang, an allergist with South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, said that she has been noticing a surge in the number of patients because of the increased rainfall. 

Additionally, seasonal allergies in the Bay Area have almost become a year-round phenomenon, according to Zhang. 

She said, “You might get a little break in November,” and “Allergies are like an avalanche or a flood,” “You need to be consistent about using it.” 


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