Allergy Season In Full Swing


Friday, April 6th 2007, 5:00 pm
By: News On 6


If you suffer from allergies your symptoms are probably in overdrive right now. Tree pollen is likely to blame, and there is plenty of it here in Oklahoma. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports you may not be able to escape the outdoors, but there are things you can do to allergy proof your home.

It’s everywhere.

"Tree pollen, it normally starts in January and goes through April," said Dr. David Hurewitz of the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa.

And if you have allergies, it probably makes you sick.

"It's the wind that blows the pollen and they're just innocent bystanders," Hurewitz said.

Forced to deal with itchy eyes, runny noses, and sneezing some allergy sufferers are heading to the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa for some relief.

"I got tested for allergies, and I was allergic to all kinds of outdoor things, trees, weeds, grass, some animals and cat and dogs,” said allergy sufferer John Ernst.

Ernst says allergy shots seem to help, but Dr. David Hurewitz says allergy suffers can often find relief at home too.

"The best, if you could do one thing in the house, would be to keep the humidity down because of the mold and dust mites thrive on moisture," said Hurewitz.

He also recommends you turn on the AC, change filters every three months, keep windows closed and stay away from carpet. Doctor Hurewitz says if you do all this you’ll likely get the relief you're looking for.

The pollen count in Tulsa is high right now. On Wednesday tree pollen measured 351. Two hundred is considered high.

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