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Struggling With Pollen Season?

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According to an article by Russel Mills dated May 7, 2023 for KRMG,  A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah School of Biological Sciences indicates that the spring pollen season begins earlier, and lasts longer, than it did in 1990.  If accurate, that’s terrible news for allergy sufferers across the nation.

Oklahoma remains perhaps the worst place in the country for allergy sufferers to live, as reflected in another study recently released from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The article outlines these tips for dealing with seasonal allergies:

1.Take a shower at night:

Because pollen can stick to your clothes, skin, and hair, it’s important to shower each night to remove any irritants. Remember to also remove and wash any clothing that was exposed to the pollen.

2. Daily saline nasal irrigation  (Neti Pot)

A 2012 review of 10 studies showed that rinsing the nostrils and sinuses with saltwater had beneficial effects for both children and adults with allergic rhinitis, which is often referred to as hay fever.

3. Dissolve allergens with digestive enzymes

Consumed on an empty stomach, the protein-digesting enzyme protease will work to attack and dissolve not only protein molecules, but it will also destroy pollen molecules and other foreign bodies that have entered the bloodstream, thereby significantly reducing allergy symptoms.

4.  Reduce allergic reactions with probiotics

The most studied allergies on which probiotics have been shown to have a beneficial effect are rhinitis, asthma, and eczema. Most studies have examined the administration of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in children and have shown beneficial effects, such as a reduction in hyperreactivity and inflammation caused by allergens. (

5. Keep Fluffy and Fido out of the bedroom

We all love our pets, but during pollen season keep them out of your bedroom and off your bed, as they can carry pollen on their fur.

6. Go outdoors at the right times

Pollen counts tend to rise on dry, warm, and windy days, so if it’s breezy outside, try to stay indoors.  Pollen counts are highest in the morning and again at night, so if you do go outside, try to do it when counts are low.

If you are still struggling, contact AVV for an appointment to see one of our providers

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