May 12

Tulsa and Oklahoma City Allergy Seasons Ranked in the Top Five Worst for Allergy Sufferers in the U.S.

The 2023 Allergy Capitals Report, released in March, named Tulsa and Oklahoma City among the top five worst allergy seasons in the country, with Oklahoma ranked at number four and Tulsa at number five.

The report, conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), examined data from NASA on pollen levels along with statistics about over-the-counter medication usage and access to allergy specialists to determine which of the United States’ 100 most populous cities has the worst allergy season. Oklahoma City has earned a high-ranking spot for seven consecutive years and Tulsa joined it in the top 10 for the first time in 2020.

In this article, air quality experts from Camfil explain the Allergy Capitals Report, explore why Tulsa’s allergy season is so severe, and discuss potential solutions for seasonal allergies in the region.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Allergic reactions to pollen and mold, commonly known as hay fever, seasonal allergies, or seasonal allergic rhinitis medically, occur when a person’s immune system reacts negatively with inhaled pollen particles in the air. Although hay fever is usually associated with the season of spring, different kinds of plants release pollen at different times of year, meaning that some places, particularly those with warmer climates, experience some kind of pollen allergy year-round.

Symptoms of pollen allergies vary in severity from person to person, with some experiencing only mild discomfort while...

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