In response to the article by CBS News (Experts say rising temperatures are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier and last longer Read the full story), Dr. Luke Webb, has the following comments:
“It seems that we are seeing an earlier pollen season start here in Southern Colorado based on our pollen counting over the past 20 years and are seeing more and more patients with very severe allergies and asthma. Increased exposures to pollution such as that from diesel exhaust has long been shown to make asthma and allergies harder to control, as well. These factors, and possibly ones we have yet to identify, are converging to make patients experience more severe symptoms and for longer durations of the year. If medications are not working well to control of these symptoms, or if patients are having side effects from their medications, we can pursue desensitization therapy as I have done for my son”.
Luke M. Webb, MD, President, Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society; Asthma and Allergy Associates and Research Center, PC