Source Newsroom: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
What started as a Caribbean storm is now on the verge of becoming a hurricane making its way to the United States. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strike parts of Florida come Monday, potentially damaging everything in its path.
And according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), even those not directly affected by the storm, can feel its consequences since it can influence their health. Weather conditions, such as extremely dry, wet or windy weather, can affect asthma symptoms. Rains created from the storm can wash the freshly bloomed ragweed pollens away, but then cause pollen counts to soar once it has passed.
The rain, mixed with heat and humidity, can also cause mold spores to multiply, causing heightened allergy symptoms.
“Severe storms can create climate changes in several parts of the country,” says allergist Stanley Fineman, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “This erratic weather can influence the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms, which can range from mild to life-threatening.”
Dr. Fineman is available to speak with the media about how Tropical Storm Isaac can affect the 40-50 million Americans with allergies and asthma, and what this means for the fall allergy season. He can also discuss the best ways to avoid and treat symptoms.
To arrange an interview, please contact Christine Westendorf – Media Relations Manager – American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – 847.427.1200 – ChristineWestendorf@acaai.org