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Allergy Season Is Getting Worse As More Children, Adults Diagnosed

April 17, 2019 - 3:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For those who suffer from allergies, it’s been a rough season so far, especially as more and more children are being diagnosed with seasonal allergies.

Allergies could resemble the common cold, including coughing, sneezing and running nose. But Dr. Payel Gupta with ENT and Allergy Associates explains that children with watery eyes, a rash or a cough that lasts several days could be suffering from allergies.

Although there is a blood test available, Dr. Gupta says the most common way is the skin prick test, in which the skin is pricked with different allergens to see how the body reacts.

“Our clinic, for example, had this 10-prick kind of system, where you can do 10 tests all at once and it literally takes two seconds,” she said.

Over the past 10 years, she says she has seen many cases of environmental allergies in both children and adults.

Gupta says that a changing environment is contributing to the worsening pollen seasons and possibly the increase in allergy cases.

“Climate change and global warming and how that impacting allergies and essentially, each pollen season is getting a little bit worse because, essentially, the plant feel in danger of extinction and releasing more and more pollen because they're worried that they're not gonna be around for too long,” she said.

Treatment options for allergies can vary based on the person, but the most common and accessible treatment options are environmental control, medications, and immunotherapy.