There’s both good and bad news when it comes to mountain cedar in San Antonio.
The good news is we’re about halfway through the typical allergy season. Cedar counts usually die down in mid-late February, so we have a couple more weeks to expect counts to spike.
The bad news is of no consolation to my sinuses, eyes and nose at the current moment. The allergy reports released each day by Dr. Paul Ratner show mountain cedar has remained at a steady count in the “High” range for the past couple of weeks. We spiked in the 27,000 range for a couple of days after the big rain storms blew through this month. That count is about 10 times higher than a typical “High” count for cedar.
For the time being, just remember to make sure your air filter is clean, and make sure you’re using a high-quality filter with a MERV rating in the 9-12 range. And keep those tissues ready. The sneezing and sniffling has another couple of weeks to go.