PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the hot summer weather approaching, you may have noticed your allergies are getting worse.
According to Pollen.com, Oregon’s pollen levels rate from medium to high. The site looks at the pollen levels in different cities and towns every day.
“Our levels are very high, often among the highest in the country or the world,” Dr. Donald Dibbern, an allergist with Allergy Clinic, told KOIN 6 News.
Hay fever is here — and mid-summer is when people are most symptomatic.
If you’re not sure what you’re allergic to, Dr. Dibbern said skin testing will identify the specific types of allergens you’re reactive to — and how to treat it.
“If you live in this area, pollen is high,” he said. “It’s difficult or nearly impossible to avoid it.”
For those who suffer from outdoor allergies, it’s best to limit your exposure.
“When you get back home, changing your clothes or running a damp washcloth over your face, or washing your hair,” Dr. Dibbern said.
Pollen gets on your skin and clothing, so by reducing those levels, you can find some relief.
Another tip? Close your windows. Dr. Dibbern said while it’s pleasant to have a warm breeze come through, it also lets pollen in.
However, there is a bright side. As bad as this pollen may be, Dr. Dibbern said it’s far from the worst that we’ve had in recent memory.