Break out the allergy medication, tissues and hot tea because the highest cedar pollen count of the season hit this morning.
Cedar allergies are caused by wind-borne pollen, which is extremely fine and easy to breathe in and carry inside on clothing. Today’s pollen count is in the “very high” category, at 24,875 grains per cubic meter.
Cedar allergies tend to last through mid-February and can include symptoms such as a runny nose, fatigue, mild headache and sore throat, among others. If you’re already sneezing, strap in for the long haul.
According to Texas Children's Specialty Care Austin allergy and immunology specialist Dr. Alison Humphrey, the best way to treat seasonal allergies is with a nasal steroid like Flonase or Rhinocort. You can add an over-the-counter antihistamine, like Benadryl or Claritin, if you’re still struggling with symptoms.
It is recommended to limit your time outside if your prone to allergies during this season. For those who do spend time outside, it is suggested to change clothes and shower—making sure to wash eyelashes, eyebrows and hairlines, where pollen can lurk—upon returning home.
Texas MedClinic, which has two locations in Austin, recommends running the air conditioner and regularly dusting and vacuuming during the peak season. Bathing pets and nasal irrigation, such as with a neti pot, can also provide relief.
Some residents eat local honey, which can be found at a local farmer's market, daily to treat allergies.
If you’re still struggling with severe symptoms after those treatments, it’s time to seek out a doctor.
Is it COVID?
Though the two illnesses come with a similar set of symptoms, the hallmark sign of allergies is itching. Itching of the nose, throat, eyes or even skin is almost always a sign of an allergic reaction.
Meanwhile, if you’re struggling with a fever or loss of taste and smell, you might want to get tested for COVID.
Check here for your daily allergy forecast.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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