It's that time again in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Time for pollination of Ashe Juniper trees, that is.
Every year during January and February, many Texas Hill Country residents experience unpleasant side effects of the juniper trees. These trees are lovely, covering the rocky hills and bringing valuable resources to animals and people alike but they do produce upper respiratory distress in many people who suffer allergies from them.
What to do if you have alleriges? Wash your hands often. In fact, if you are working or playing outside around these trees that are covered with an orange dust, be sure and wash your clothes, bathe and shampoo as soon as possible after exposure. This will help more than anything else.
Saline nasal sprays are good to cleanse the tissues inside the nose. This could keep you from experienceing a severe histamine reaction. Allergy meds might also help. Hopefully, you will not need to go to the doctor but some people will. Stay away from the orange dust. It is only produced by the male trees so if you have one in your yard that is not covered with orange, it will not cause you discomfort.
Keep the tissues handy. It will all be over in about a month or so.
Happy Hill Country living!
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2916 Memorial Blvd Kerrville, TX 78028