TULSA, Oklahoma - If your allergies are getting the best of you, there's a reason why. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has ranked Tulsa as the 19th worst city for spring allergies.

The AAFA, based in Landover, Maryland, released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals report on March 31. Rankings are based on pollen levels, use of over the counter and prescription allergy medication and the number of Board Certified allergists in each city.

Tulsa was ranked 21st a year ago. Oklahoma City ranked fourth this year compared to ninth last year.

High winds from extreme weather patterns cause pollen distribution leading to an increase in allergy symptoms.

Follow these simple steps to limit exposure to pollens and molds causing symptoms:

• Keep windows closed at night, and if possible use air conditioning which cleans, cools and dries the air.

• Try to stay indoors when the pollen and mold counts are high. If your symptoms are severe, wear a pollen mask if long periods of exposure are unavoidable. When you return indoors, take a shower, shampoo your hair and change your clothes.

• Avoid mowing or raking leaves which stirs up pollen and molds. Avoid hanging sheets or clothes outside to dry.

• Keep your windows closed when traveling by car.

If seasonal symptoms are causing you to be miserable, the AAFA suggests an allergist can help.