Ragweed – new allergen is increasing in the UK


Ragweed – new allergen is increasing in the UK

It is that time of year again. The sound of Christmas songs full of cheer and snow fill your ears. But all you can focus on is the never-ending snot dripping out of your nose. Your head is pounding; you want to stick a pencil down your throat and scratch it, and you can’t stop sneezing. It is not precisely the holly jolly Christmas that you expected.

Hay fever is becoming more and more common throughout the UK and Europe. This is due to the rise in warmer autumns and winters over the last few years. The increase in temperature is causing a rapid growth of a pesky plant known as ragweed. This herbaceous rebel is wreaking havoc on an increasing amount of citizens each year.

Warmer weather in the UK

The ever-increasing temperatures in summer, autumn, and spring are propelling the growth of ragweed. This October, according to the metoffice.gov.uk, the average temperature across the UK was warmer than usual, which is nice for people who enjoy meandering outside, but worrisome for those with pollen allergies and asthma.

Last year, “the UK mean temperature was 5.9 °C, which is 2.0 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, and the eighth warmest December in a series from 1910″. Unfortunately, ragweed grows at a much quicker rate under a warmer climate and the allergen-causing plant now, reportedly, is the cause of many prolonged hay fever symptoms worldwide. To make matters worse, ragweed can grow back after its removal and its pollen tends to live on for many, many years.

Due to the steady increase in ragweed, hay fever sufferers will experience an onset of symptoms, ones that should not be mistaken for the common cold.

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