Cedar allergies on the rise; what Oklahomans can do to stop it

OKLAHOMA – Allergies are brutal right now in Oklahoma, specifically what comes from Cedar trees.

“Running nose, red eyes, sneezing.  Especially this time of year when the red cedars come it is the worst.”

IT’S A ‘very high alert’ for Cedar pollen right now.Allergy experts say this is an extreme exposure situation.

Dr. Stanley Fineman, an Allergy specialist said,
“It’s been very wet, and with wet the trees take in more water, when the trees take in more water they thrive … when they thrive they release more pollen.”

The more seriously allergic people should be advised to stay indoors as much as possible.

Even more important if a person has pollen sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma.

Dr. Warren Filley from the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic said the weather is misleading.

“It’s been cold, icy the trees normally pollinate much earlier.  “The trees normally pollinate January, February and they’ve been held back.”

Before turning to medicine you can do 4 things to keep those allergies in check.

• Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
• Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out.
• Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
• Leave shoes outside or just inside the door so that you don’t track pollen inside your home.

Other options include using nasal sprays and antihistamines –  doctors say this needs to be the right medicine and be taken continuously.