Norman Regional Health System

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The 2024 Allergy Capitals report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) highlights the increasing challenge of managing seasonal allergies across the United States. The report says, that as the climate crisis intensifies, allergy seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer, impacting over 100 million people nationwide and those right here in Oklahoma.

In light of this, Norman Regional is at the forefront of providing exceptional care and support to those suffering from seasonal allergies. Our team of experienced Primary Care providers are well-equipped with the latest knowledge and treatments to help patients navigate these increasingly difficult allergy seasons.

Seasonal Allergies in Oklahoma Among the Worst

The AAFA's report, emphasizes the importance of recognizing, preventing, and managing seasonal allergies. Factors like rising pollen counts due to warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons contribute to more severe allergy symptoms, according to the report. This trend is particularly pronounced in the southern United States, where many cities, including nearby areas like Dallas, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK, rank as top Allergy Capitals.

According to the report, Oklahoma City ranks in the top five Most Challenging Places to Live with Pollen Allergies in 2024 with Tulsa coming in at number six.

Primary Care Providers Help with Seasonal Allergies

At Norman Regional, our approach to managing allergies is comprehensive and patient-centered. Our Primary Care providers work closely with patients to develop personalized treatment plans.

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These include advice on managing contact with pollen, such as monitoring daily pollen counts and adopting preventive measures like staying indoors on high pollen days and using air purifiers with HEPA filters.

Moreover, by understanding the interconnected nature of allergies and asthma, Norman Regional's healthcare professionals are adept at addressing the wider spectrum of allergic conditions.

With allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever or nasal allergies, impacting about 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children according to the report, and asthma being common among patients, we ensure a holistic approach to treatment, addressing both immediate symptoms and long-term health impacts.

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Norman Regional is committed to raising awareness and providing the best care for individuals suffering from seasonal allergies. Our dedication to staying ahead of the curve in allergy management becomes more crucial than ever.

Walk-In Clinics in Moore and Norman

Norman Regional’s Walk-In clinics recently expanded hours and days of care to seven days a week. The two clinics offer same-day appointments with convenient online scheduling. The Norman Regional Walk-In clinics offer the same great care as Urgent Care but at a fraction of the cost as appointments are billed like a regular Primary Care visit.

The Norman Regional Moore Walk-In Clinic, located at 700 S. Telephone Rd. Suite 201 in Moore, OK is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. No appointment is needed – just walk right in or you can schedule an appointment online. You can also call the clinic at (405) 912-3120 to schedule your appointment.

The Norman Regional Nine Walk-In Clinic is located at 2000 Ann Branden Blvd. Suite 201 in Norman, OK is also open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. No appointment is needed – just walk right in or you can schedule an appointment online. You can also call the clinic at (405) 515-0520 to schedule your appointment.

For more information about finding a Primary Care provider and to schedule an appointment, please visit Norman Regional's website or call (405) 515-5000 to find a provider near you.

Primary Care, Orthopedics, OB/GYN Services in Purcell

Norman Regional recently expanded to the Heart of Oklahoma opening a new clinic in Purcell.

This is Norman Regional’s southernmost clinic. It currently serves as the home of Marvin Harvey, MD, a dedicated board-certified family medicine physician and Tracy Parker, APRN, FNP-C.

The Purcell clinic also has a full-service lab that can perform a wide variety of tests to assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease and illness. In most cases, lab results are available on the same day. 

The clinic offers other specialties such as OB/GYN services with Jennifer Vasquez, DNP, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC, Ortho Central Orthopedics with Michael Crawford, PA-C, X-ray, Cardiology services with N. Paul Ayers, MD and General Surgery Consultations will also be practiced out of our new space starting in 2024.

To find the full 2024 Allergy Capitals report visit the AAFA’s website.