As the mountain cedar pollen count soars, so does the patient count in the offices of area allergy specialists.

“If you’re lucky and you can travel, leave the city,” Dr. Dennis Dilley, a San Antonio allergy specialist, suggested with a smile. “But if you’ve got to stay here, stay inside as much as possible. If you’re outside at all make sure you splash water on your face when you get inside, take a shower and change clothes.”

Because travel is seldom an option and staying inside all the time not realistic, Dilley said there are many other ways to deal with the suffering.

Dilley said that there are numerous over-the-counter remedies available, but he urged sufferers to seek treatment if the symptoms persist because they could lead to more serious health issues.

January is the peak season for mountain cedar.

Ashe Junipers – commonly known at mountain cedar trees – are the only trees pollinating at this time of year. 

This season is setting records for the amount of pollen in the air.

Dilley said that the cedar fever season usually ends in early February, around Valentine's day.

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