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For the third day in a week, many Oklahomans will be sniffling and sneezing because of cedar pollen.

Oklahoma is currently under a very high alert for cedar pollen.

Medical officials said this is an extreme exposure situation.

Severe symptoms may be expected in pollen sensitive individuals.

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

This is especially true if a person has pollen sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma.

HOW: The best way to combat these allergens is to stay in filtered air. OAAC’s board-certified allergists recommend avoiding allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms. These triggers include:

  • 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.

Some other options include medications like nasal sprays and antihistamines.

Medical officials said it needs to be the correct medicine and should be used continuously throughout the season.