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Tips for Surviving Oklahoma Allergy Season



Spring is an enjoyable time of year for many. The weather is mild, the birds are back, and flowers are in bloom. But for allergy sufferers, it’s a different story.

The famed Oklahoma winds are here in full force, picking up pollen, mold and dust from the earth and depositing directly into our nostrils, creating runny noses, watery eyes, and scratchy throats. Fifty million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year, and most during the spring, when mold and pollen counts are at their annual peaks.


What Causes Spring Allergies?

The biggest allergy trigger is pollen, which is a tiny grain released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds and acts as fertilizers to other plants. This is great for flowers, bad for noses. When these pollen grains get into the nose of a person who is allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive.

The allergic person’s immune system sees these as foreign invaders, and the affected areas swell as mucus and fluid rush to prevent the perceived threat from getting further into her system. All of which sends her to the doldrums.


Seven Ways to Prevent Spring Allergies

While some people experience fewer symptoms of seasonal allergies as they grow older, there is no proven way to completely eliminate them. Prevention is the best defense. Here are seven tips to prevent the effects of seasonal allergies from ruining your weekend:

1. Wear sunglasses outside to keep pollen out of your eyes

2. Wear a mask if you must be outside doing yard work

3. Keep the windows and doors shut at home and in your car

4. Take off your shoes at the door and ask your guests to do the same

5. Stay inside during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest

6. Wash your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week

7. Shower at the end of the day to wash off any pollen that has attached to your skin or hair


When to See a Doctor

If it’s too late for prevention and you are currently suffering from the symptoms of seasonal allergies, rest as much as possible, stay inside, and rinse your nostrils once a day with a nasal pot. If your symptoms have not improved after one week, come see your doctor. We can discuss allergy shots and consider alternative options for relieving seasonal allergies.

Wishing you a safe and allergy-free (or allergy-minimal) spring season!