The monster allergy of Texas is Cedar Fever. Allergic reactions are the body’s way of protecting itself from attack by a foreign substance, i.e. Cedar pollen. In damp, rainy weather pollens are not as prevalent, but when it is dry, and the wind is blowing, there is no escape from the Texas Mountain Cedar, which is actually a Juniper fairly local to the Texas Hill Country. Each year, around Christmas/New Year’s this cedar begins what is called a mating season. The very small, clustered cones produce the pale, yellow/orange pollen, which not only covers the trees but the ground around them, being picked up by the wind and carried for miles.
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Cedar pollen creeps into every crevice and crack it comes in contact with, penetrating homes, businesses, cars, and our bodies through the nose and eyes. It creates a state of intense burning, itching, and incessant sneezing, making it very difficult to get through a day of activity. If you are going to be outside, wear a mask, and keep those air filters humming in your home or office. They do work.