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Very high allergy alert issued for cedar pollen

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If you're suffering from allergies that seem to be out of control with sneezing and coughing non-stop, you aren't alone.

The Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Oklahoma City said cedar pollen is at an alarmingly high level.

Every week, Anna Beth Combes visits the allergy doctor for shots and treatments but this week allergies have taken a toll on her life.

"Last night, I was coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose the entire night," Combes said. "My husband, he can't sleep and I can't sleep."

The itchy eyes, constant sneezing could be caused by increased cedar pollen in the air.

On the rooftop of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic, doctors gather the pollen count for each day by using a machine that measures particles blowing in the wind.

Sunday, the cedar pollen count was extremely high at 2,700; that's nearly twice the level allergists consider dangerous, a count of 1,500.

"It can be very serious if you have somebody with significant asthma," Dr. Jim Claflin said. "We have people who will be hospitalized for it."

While medicine works for most, there are some other things doctors said help.

"Wash your hair at night," he said. "Get pollen out of your hair so you don't rub it off on the pillow and re-breathe it in the night-time hours. Don't drive down the road with your windows open."

There are also ear and throat massages that move congestion away from the sinuses.

Patients said they'd do almost anything to feel some relief.

"You don't want to feel bad," Combes said. "You want to deal with daily life, you want to feel good."

However, if fresh air has you down, you might have to stay inside.

Doctors said cedar pollen season ends in April.

So when levels are high, pay close attention to your symptoms, and see a doctor if they worsen.