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Cedar pollen hits highest count of the season so far

Cedar pollen counts are the highest they have been all season so far. (File photo)

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.

Treatments

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?

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

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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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.