More Canadians are experiencing allergies due to climate change, experts say

Canada Global (Web News) Daniela Mora-Fisher and her husband, rushing their toddler to the hospital has been routine over the past two years.

“A wheeze from a cold might develop. “A wheeze would develop into a crisis,” warned Mora-Fisher.

Julian, who is now three, had been “struggling with respiratory distress since he was probably 18 months,” the mother claimed.

Mora-Fisher, a physician with international training who is currently employed as a researcher in a Toronto medical facility, believes that a concoction of allergies and viruses may be the cause of what may be asthma. She said that doctors at her neighbourhood hospital had examined Julian in their asthma clinic, but they had informed her that they needed to wait until he was old enough to perform the necessary breathing tests to confirm it.

Mora-Fisher and her husband have done everything they can to minimise allergen risks, including leaving an old property to attempt to escape mould and heavy bus traffic that she suspected of polluting the air.

According to Dr. Susan Waserman, division director of clinical immunology and allergy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., allergies have unquestionably increased in both children and adults over the past several years.

Waserman noted that this has been happening for many years. I have eczema. Rhinitis due to allergies. Asthma, that is. It’s an allergy to food. Actually, it’s everything.

The increase in allergies and asthma “can be directly linked to climate change,” according to Dr. Melissa Lem, a family physician in Vancouver and the head of the Canadian Asthma Society.

According to research, the typical pollen season in North America has increased by nearly three weeks over the past few decades, and plants now produce 20% more pollen than they did previously, according to Lem.

That is in line with information acquired by Aerobiology, a Canadian business that tracks allergens in the air like pollen and mould spores.

“We are seeing a lot more pollen and higher concentrations of pollen overall in the air year over year,” said Daniel Coates, a spokesman for Aerobiology.

Warmer weather causes pollen to react. More pollen will often be present in the air when the temperature rises.

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