Allergy Alert: Ragweed count is through the roof

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OKLAHOMA — The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has issued a “very high alert” for Ragweed pollen.

They say this is an extreme exposure situation, and those who suffer from allergies may suffer severe symptoms.

The clinic also advises that those with pollen sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma should stay indoors as much as possible.

Ragweed can grow almost anywhere, and releases pollen from the months of August to November.

Here are some tips from the OAAC on how to avoid allergy triggers:

  • Wash your hands often. Pollen can stick to your hands when you touch something outside or a pet, if it has been outside.
  • Limit your time outdoors when Ragweed counts are high.
  • Wear a dust mask that people like carpenters use (found in hardware stores) when you need to do outdoor tasks such as cutting the grass or raking leaves.
  • Don’t wear your outdoor work clothes in the house; they may have pollen on them.
  • Clean and replace furnace and air conditioner filters often. Using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters is recommended, which remove at least 99 percent of pollen, as well as animal dander, dust and other particles.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than outdoor clothes lines.
  • If you take a vacation, choose places and times of the year to avoid high Ragweed pollen counts.

Click here for more information on OAAC.


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