Tulsa Specialist Gives Tips For Surviving Tough Allergy Season

Tuesday, September 17th 2013, 4:30 pm
By: News On 6

If it seems allergies are hitting you or your family harder than usual this year, you're not alone.

Doctors at the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa say, while its been dry recently, the heavy rain we had in the spring and early in the summer set us up for a bad allergy season.

They say they've been seeing a lot more patients this year with everything from itchy eyes and nasal congestion to more serious problems like wheezing.

Doctors say there are some things you can do at home to help prevent problems before you get to the point of needing medication.

The first step is washing out the allergens after you've been outside.

"I know that sounds like common sense, but many times people wait to shower until the morning. But when you lay your head on the pillow, you bring all of the pollen right up next to your face, so you want to wash your hair before you go to bed. And at a minimum, wash the eyebrows and eyelashes with baby shampoo so that the pollen is not stuck here," said Dr. Jane Purser.

She also recommends using a saltwater sinus rinse.

She explains how to use one in the video above.