Certain treatment regimens may prove effective, or it may be more worthwhile to improve indoor air quality by improving insulation and ventilation, depending on an individual's circumstances.
As the sound of sneezing grows louder, the health care system will likely become more streamlined and efficient to deal with more patients. However, Lyons expects that the rate of new allergy sufferers seeking help will likely outpace any improvements from scaling up treatments.
Lyons said he now wants to calculate the precise dollar costs of allergies and said his preliminary estimates show they may rise by 30 percent as the climate warms. In addition, he wants to extend this type of analysis to other products and supply chains to help manufacturers and consumers understand how products people buy affect their health and the environment.
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