Are your eyes burning or do you feel constantly congested? The reason could be right in front or back yard.
There is a tree that is putting some allergy sufferers on high alert right now, but it’s probably a tree that isn’t usually on your radar.
Allergy season can really get you. Just ask local Oklahoma Pastor Joel Baker.
“I had to have boxes of tissues around all the time,” Baker says.
The word came out Friday that there is a very high alert for Cedar Elm pollen and that it’s really making many miserable.
But wait don’t get confused; we’re not talking about the Cedars that often fuel our wildfires. Those cause allergy problems mostly in the spring.
These are Cedar Elms and this Cedar – blooms in the fall.
“It’s a shade tree that’s used a lot in landscapes and front yards and things like that,” Brent Satterlee of Precure Nursery & Garden Center, says.
“[It’s] a little tiny bloom getting ready to open,” Satterlee explains. “When they open basically all the pollen is released and gets into the air and stirs up our allergies a lot.”
“This is what the blooms that carry the pollen look like; so if you’re seeing a lot of these outside your house and your sensitive to pollen you need to beware,” Satterlee says. “It’s dropping its blooms and creating a lot of pollen in the air.”
And this year there seem to be more of this pollen in the air than usual. This is most likely because of the wet weather we’ve had.
Satterlee says, “I think with all the rain we had this spring and early summer I think it boosted a lot of energy in the trees. I think it’s doubled or tripled the amount of blooms from normal.”
Doctors are recommending people with severe pollen allergies avoid spending much time outdoors.
This is especially true if a person has pollen sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma.