Study: Oklahoma City one of the worst places for allergies

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  If you feel like your allergies are worse when you are in the Sooner State, you may be right.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked the 100 most challenging places to live with spring allergies in the United States.

This year’s report ranked the ‘Spring Allergy Capitals’ as follows:

  1. Jackson, Miss.
  2. Louisville, Ky.
  3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  4. Memphis, Tenn.
  5. Knoxville, Tenn.
  6. McAllen, Texas
  7. Wichita, Kan.
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Providence, RI
  10. Richmond, Va.

While Oklahoma City came in third on the list, Tulsa ended up in 12th place.

To limit your exposure to allergens, the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic recommends the following:

  • Keep windows closed at night. If possible, use air conditioning to clean and cool the air.
  • Stay indoors when pollen and mold counts are high. If your symptoms are severe, wear a pollen mask if long periods of exposure are unavoidable.
  • Avoid mowing or raking leaves. Also, don’t hang sheets or clothes outside to dry.
  • Keep your car windows closed.
  • When you return indoors, take a shower, shampoo your hair and change clothes.

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