The pollen count is the highest it’s been in two years, said Dr. Richard Hatch with the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic, which monitors pollen levels for the National Allergy Bureau.
The pollen season for eastern red cedar will continue through March, he said, about the time other trees start pollinating and causing allergy problems.
“It looks to be a high tree pollen year” Hatch said.
For persons with allergies or asthma, high pollen can produce severe symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and shortness of breath.
Persons effected should take over-the-counter or prescription medicines or see an allergy doctor.
Staying inside under air conditioning can ease symptoms, as can showering and changing clothes after being outdoors.