Mountain cedar season expected to be a bad one

Mountain cedar shows up for the first time

SAN ANTONIO – Allergists are attributing an expected unpleasant mountain cedar season to the large amount of rain so far this year.

Sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose are some of the symptoms many in South Texas will experience as mountain cedar season begins.

This year could be dreadful -- we may see some very high numbers.

"Anytime we get lots of rain during the year, then the trees and plants and vegetation do really well," Dr. Patricia Dinger said. "The more they grow, the more pollen they are going to release."

So how do you know if you are allergic to mountain cedar? A quick allergy test can be done to find out. Within 20 minutes you can find out if you are allergic to the pollen.

Dinger also offers important tips to always keep in mind. One is taking a shower daily.

"When you're outside in the wind, that pollen is blowing in our hair, sticking in our hair. If we lay down on our pillow without washing our hair, then you are getting all that pollen in your face," Dinger said.

Another tip is to start your medications as soon as possible to ward off an infection.

"The sooner you try to treat those symptoms, the better off you are going to be," Dinger said.

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