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The strong winds in Oklahoma are doing more than fueling fires and knocking down powerlines.

"We don't like the wind," said Jeanifer Golden.

"Not at all," said Paige Golden. "When it gets windy, it gets chilly."

"This wind is terrible," said Bart Ferrell. "We just moved from Lafayette, Louisiana three months ago, and this is one of the reasons I said I'd never move back to Oklahoma."

The winds are causing health issues for a number of Oklahomans.

"Runny nose. Just allergy with everything blowing around," said Lindsey Ferrell.

"I've been coughing and hacking and all kinds of stuff, and sneezing like crazy," Jeanifer Golden said.

Dr. Warren Filley, with the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, said the whirling wind has not helped his patients.

"From an allergy perspective, it can bring in allergens or stir up allergens that are already in the air," Filley said. "It can bring in pollutants from as far away as Dallas or further."

All of that stuff in the air can ruin the week for those battling asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

"If you were on the edge and having trouble with your asthma or your COPD anyway and material came in that caused you to have a terrible episode of your disease, you could have a severe life-threatening episode," Filley said.

The wind is not just affecting those with allergies but healthy people, too.

From dry skin to watery eyes and even headaches caused by the change in pressure.

If you have allergies or a respiratory issue, then doctors advise you to stay indoors when it is windy.

If you cannot avoid outside, then you can wear a mask.

There are even specially made masks for those who suffer from allergies.

Doctors also suggest using a sinus rinse to clear out your nose.