CHI Co-Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dr. Neelu Tummala, was quoted in a NBC News article, "Adults are getting allergies for the first time. Thanks, climate change." While it is unclear as to how many people are experiencing allergies for the first time, as the CDC didn't start tracking seasonal allergies for adults until 2021, physicians are noticing a trend that a growing number of adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are experiencing allergy symptoms for the first time, or at a more severe level. One thing contributing to the adult-onset of seasonal allergies? Climate change. "The pollen season right now is about three weeks longer than it was 30 years ago, and there's about 20% more pollen in the air," said Tummala.
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