March 20, 2017
Allergies

Getting a Handle on Oak Allergies

Most of us in Texas have had the pleasant experience of accidentally parking our car under an oak tree. All it takes is a couple hours and your car is now much more yellow and sticky.

Oak is a mainstay in Texas. We have streets, places, and beer named after oak trees. They’re part of what make this state so green and beautiful, but they can make it miserable for a great deal people during the spring. For many. it’s not just about a dirty car, but it can also lead to miserable symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and many more.

A lot of Texans think they can tough it out, but unfortunately you can’t outgrow allergies and you can’t run away from them. One of the good things about oak compared to other allergens is that we can see how bad the day is by looking outside. You don’t have to check the local pollen forecast, instead you can tell it’s a bad day for oak when your car has turned a shade of yellow overnight.   Oak is also an allergen we can avoid through simple steps that can be added to our daily schedule. The best thing you can do is to take your allergy medication BEFORE the day starts. You can already see how miserable this day can make you feel so why not combat it before you start feeling the symptoms.

As we all know, oak pollen is very sticky. It sticks to everything and this includes your skin and clothes. Make sure you’re changing your clothes and at least washing off your face after being outside for a significant amount time. Between 5:00-10:00am, stay indoors. It’s best to save outside activities for late afternoon when pollen levels are lower. Make sure to keep windows in your home and car closed to lower exposure to pollen.

If you find that these steps are not enough to get you through oak season, visit a local allergy clinic and start immunotherapy through allergy drops or shots. Immunotherapy will build up resistance to allergies and you will not need to scream in fear when you see that your car is covered in yellow goo.