Rain and cold bring relief to people with allergies

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 4/10/2013 5:22 pm Published: 4/10/2013 3:35 pm

Tulsa hit record-breaking cold temperatures for April on Wednesday. However, things have started to bloom as they should this time of year, but it is unwelcome for allergy sufferers. But the good news, is that the near freezing rain and cold we are experiencing could actually help.

It’s called Green Country for a reason. Just take a look around and you’ll see a burst of color. But with that color comes lots of pollen.

FOX23 found Leisa Payne in the waiting room at the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa. She’s suffered from allergies for about five years now, but says the recent cold snap and the rain have brought her some relief.

"When it's cold out it feels like things slow down, so when you go out the air just feels cleaner,” says Payne.

We wanted to find out what type of an effect the cold can have on allergy sufferers and their noses. Dr. Jane Purser has been treating allergy patients in Tulsa for more than 20 years. She says most people find more relief from precipitation versus the actual cold.

"The rain helps people's allergies. That brings the temperatures down, but that also cleans the air of the mold and the pollen that's in the air,” says Dr. Purser.

However, sometimes the cold can make it worse like causing a stuffy nose or scratchy throat.

Here are a few ways Dr. Purser says you can find some relief.

Use baby shampoo to wash the pollen off your eyes and eyebrows when you come inside. Also, use a preservative-free saline. Simply put it in the fridge and then take it out and use the cold drops in your eyes at night.

It’s also a good idea to shower at night instead of the morning. That way your hair doesn’t transfer the pollen onto your pillow.

If you’ve recently moved to a new location, it can take 5 years for allergy symptoms to show up and you can develop allergies at any time.

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