Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring is in the air and so is an assortment of allergens that may leave you reaching for the tissue box and eye drops.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the Oklahoma City metro area as the seventh “most challenging place to live with spring allergies” in the United States. Oklahoma is in the corner of several high-allergy areas and as the winds come streaming down the plains, they pick up pollen from trees, grasses and weeds and send those allergens your way.  

Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from their pesky symptoms, which include sneezing, congestion, itchy or watery eyes and/or a runny nose? If so, here are some simple steps you can take to keep your seasonal allergies at bay this spring and throughout the year.

  • Begin taking allergy medicines before the start of the allergy season so your body does not release the chemicals that cause your symptoms.
  • Use hot, soapy water to wash your bedding once a week.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than drying laundry outside.
  • Avoid spending too much time doing outdoor activities on days when pollen counts are high to minimize the number of allergens you inhale.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when outside.
  • Change clothing if you have participated in an outdoor activity.
  • Take a shower or bath each day before going to bed to remove the pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Shut doors and windows at your home and in your vehicles.
  • Keep the air clean and dry in your home by using high-efficiency filters and a dehumidifier.
  • Try to avoid outdoor chores, such as mowing the lawn or gardening. If you have to do these activities, wear a pollen mask.
  • Avoid or limit close contact with pets that spend time outside and try to keep them off beds and other furniture.

If you are unable to effectively manage your symptoms, log on to Norman Regional Virtual Care and visit with a provider today without even stepping foot in a doctor’s office.