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Why You Might Feel Like Allergy Season Has Gotten Worse

Why You Might Feel Like Allergy Season Has Gotten Worse

Written By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard. Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all. Shuba lives with her husband, a Stanford cardiologist, and twin boys in the Bay Area.

Why have my allergies become significantly worse this year?

Although allergies are a common occurrence, they can contribute to significant symptoms that impact how you live your life. Many people have noticed that their allergies have gotten significantly worse this year, leaving them feeling miserable and unable to enjoy their daily activities. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the reasons why people's allergies have gotten worse this year.

Top 5 reasons behind your allergies worsening 


Climate Change

One of the biggest reasons why allergies have gotten worse is climate change. The increase in temperature, coupled with the rise in carbon dioxide levels, has led to a longer growing season for plants, which means more pollen in the air. As a result, people who suffer from pollen allergies have been hit particularly hard.


Increase in Air Pollution

Another reason why allergies have gotten worse is the increase in air pollution. Pollution can irritate the nasal passages, making them more susceptible to the inflammatory effects of allergen exposure. 


Poor Diet

Another factor that may be contributing to the increase in allergies is poor diet. Studies have shown that a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can adversely affect the immune system. In contrast, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other foods high in antioxidants can help fortify the immune system.


Increased Stress Levels

Stress can have a significant impact on the immune system, possibly exacerbating existing allergies in susceptible people. Additionally, stress can also contribute to inflammation throughout the body, sometimes making allergy symptoms worse. 


There are several reasons why people's allergies have gotten significantly worse this year. Climate change, air pollution, poor diet, increased stress levels, are all possible contributing factors. If you're suffering from allergies, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider about the best course of treatment for you.