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Are You Allergic to Rain?

Rain Allergy

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  • Research shows an association between thunderstorm activity and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Pollen and mold particles that may otherwise be too big to get into your lungs suddenly become broken up by a thunderstorm, allowing entrance into your lungs, which can lead to “thunderstorm asthma”
  • Thunderstorms’ electrical charge also makes tiny pollen and mold particles stickier, increasing the likelihood that they’ll cause trouble in your lungs once inhaled
  • Dust-mite exposure reduced the incidence of allergy by 63 percent among infants at high risk of allergies, lending more support to the hygiene hypothesis
  • Urban babies exposed to cockroach, mouse, and cat allergens (via house dust), as well as to certain types of bacteria, during their first year of life were less likely to suffer from wheezing and allergies at the age of 3

By Dr. Mercola

Dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen are among the most common environmental triggers of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms. For some, however, a spring or summer thunderstorm may lead to a flare-up of symptoms.


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