Cedar pollen counts hit record highs this weekend

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE.com and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on January 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 11:56 AM

AUSTIN—Cedar season is in full bloom and allergy sufferers are miserable.

KVUE meteorologists collect air samples everyday to monitor cedar pollen at the KVUE studios in North Austin. Sunday the cedar count hit 13,340 gr/m3, Saturday it hit 16,765 gr/m3. According to records, this weekend has some of the highest cedar levels seen in 16 years.

Viewer David Swofford sent KVUE a video of cedar blowing off trees. It was shot in the Great Hills area.

Cedar can feel like the flu. It can give you a headache, a stuffy nose and can make you sneeze.

Austin resident Guthrie Alexander doesn't suffer, but everyone at his work does.

"Their noses are running, their eyes are itchy and scratchy and puffed up. One guys eyes were so puffed up he was having a hard time seeing in the morning until he could take his allergy medication. It’s crazy stuff," said Alexander. 

Allergy doctors say the best line of defense is to take allergy medicine before cedar season gets underway, and continue to take those pills everyday even if you are feeling better.

 

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