Allergies Are Wreaking Havoc in Oklahoma: Here's What You Need to Know.

Spring allergy season is here, and if you've been feeling sniffly, you're not alone.

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Lots of people in Oklahoma are dealing with runny noses, headaches, itching, and other allergy symptoms. Did you know that Oklahoma City is ranked the 18th most challenging place to live with spring allergies in the United States?

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Pollen In The Air

One big reason for all the sneezing and sniffling is the pollen in the air. Windy days make it worse, and Oklahoma City is known for being pretty windy. So, what's causing all these allergies? Well, one major culprit is the ash juniper tree, also known as cedar. These trees release a lot of pollen, especially right after a cold front. Unlike most other trees, cedar pollinates in the winter, which means people can have allergy symptoms from December to early March.

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Allergy Forecasts

Right now, the pollen levels in Oklahoma are moderate, but they're expected to go down in the next few days. The Weather Channel gives daily forecasts for allergy levels in Oklahoma City.

If you're struggling with allergies, here are some tips to help manage your symptoms:

  • Take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors.
  • Keep your windows closed to avoid letting pollen into your home.
  • Use an air filter in your home to clean the air.
  • Wear a mask when you're outside, especially on days when pollen levels are high.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications like pills or nasal sprays that can help with your allergies.

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