The Woodward News

Local News

September 3, 2013

Allergies are a problem throughout the year

Woodward, Okla. — Have you been sniffling or sneezing lately and wondering why?

It may be allergies.

While many may associate allergies primarily with spring, Dr. Tim Kaiser said allergies can be a problem anytime in the year.

"I see it all year round," said Kaiser who is an allergist and otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat surgeon with ENT of Oklahoma, which has offices throughout Western Oklahoma.

"It just depends on what you're allergic to, when symptoms may be worse," he said.  "If you're more allergic to fall-blooming weeds then that time of year will be worse for you.  But if you're more allergic to grass blooming, then you'll have more problems in spring."

Still others may suffer from different types of allergies that have no set season, he said.

"If you're allergic to household dust, dust mites and mold, then it can be all year round," Kaiser said.

He said this year in particular has been difficult for many plant allergy sufferers because "we've had a fairly we year and lots of warm, but not terribly hot weather, and that gets the plants growing."

And currently many people may be suffering because "there's lots and lots and lots of weeds blooming in the last couple of weeks," he said.

3 TREATMENT OPTIONS

For those looking for some allergy relief, Kaiser said there are 3 general ways to treat allergies.

"The first is environmental control," he said.

This means managing the environment that you live in so that you protect yourself from potential allergens.

"This sounds good but I'm not sure how you can really manage it if you ever go outside, especially here in Oklahoma," Kaiser said.

While total environmental control may not be possible, the doctor said there are still ways to improve your environment, such as "using an air filter in the room you sleep in at night."

Even something as simple as taking a shower can help provide some relief.

"The first thing I tell people if they're having a lot of trouble is to get into the shower because the more of that stuff (allergens) they wash off of them, the better they'll feel.  It's another form of environmental control and it usually works pretty well."

The second way to treat allergies is through medication, "this includes both prescription and over the counter medicine," Kaiser said.

The third allergy treatment option is immunotherapy, he said, describing it as "a way to desensitize you to the things you're sensitive to.  It helps change your immune system so you're not as sensitive to certain allergens."

There are 2 main immunotherapy methods: 1) weekly shots administered by your physician, or 2) drops under your tongue, which can be administered at home.

Kaiser said any of the treatment options could be potentially effective in providing allergy relief, depending on your level of allergies.

"Environmental control is something that everybody can try," he said.  "And they can try over the counter antihistamines, which are good if they work.  And if they don't then people come see me (for immunotherapy treatment)."

Text Only
Local News
  • Easter services

    A roundup of Easter programs being held by local churches.

    April 17, 2014

  • Western Plains recognized as Certified Healthy Business

    Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward is one of the organizations selected by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program as a Certified Healthy Business.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sod House Museum hosting program

    Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate history professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, will be at the Sod House Museum Saturday, April 26 to present an overview and presentation on “Germans from Russia in South America: New Research Frontiers."

    April 17, 2014

  • Schedule of events for Beaver Cow Chip celebration

    Annual celebration underway in Beaver.

    April 17, 2014

  • Senior Spelling Bee coming up

    The OEDA Area Agency on Aging is inviting citizens to participate in the 2014 Senior Spelling Bee.

    April 17, 2014

  • Board hears updates

    Woodward School Board members honored a group of Woodward FFA students for their service to the community during the board's monthly meeting Monday night.

    April 16, 2014

  • Red Cross sets open house Thursday

    Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding an open house at its Woodward office, 1209 9th St.

    April 16, 2014

  • Commission hears communications presentation

    Woodward County Commissioners heard an informative report from Pioneer Telephone Special Projects and Engineering Manager JR Ools regarding new and emerging communications technologies being made available in the region.

    April 15, 2014

  • Extension Service important to state

    Recia Garcia remembers.
    She remembers how the lives of those she met through 4-H and through her work as a 30-year veteran with the OSU Extension Service changed her in ways she still sees today.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation targeting Okla. judiciary stirs debate

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the first time since a bribery scandal rocked Oklahoma's Supreme Court 50 years ago, state lawmakers are considering tinkering with the way Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges are selected.

    April 13, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks