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Cedar fever season begins, expected to be severe

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If your cedar allergies have been bothering you more than usual, you're not alone.

Doctor Robert Cook at the Central Texas Allergy and Asthma Center says cedar season is off to a rough start, a few days earlier than past years.

Doctor Cook says he's expecting a worse season than usual. That's because last year we saw more rain than the last few years. That's good news for healthy cedar trees, but bad news for those of us who are allergic to the pollen.

So why the early start to the season?

Doctor Cook says this week we saw sort of a "perfect storm."

"The pine cones, little tiny pine cones filled with pollen, wait for a cold snap. The snap pops them open. And then you get a windy day on top of that, that'll stir the pollen up and get it mobilized into the air," Doctor Cook said.

Doctor Cook says the worst is usually over by Valentine's Day. He says taking allergy medicine could help your symptoms. But if you plan to get allergy shots for cedar, they probably won't help you out until next season.

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