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Unusually warm weather brings pollen boom to East Texas

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

They don’t call it the Pineywoods for nothing! Trees, trees, and yes more trees. Beautiful to look at, that is until you’re too busy rubbing your itchy eyes to see them.

“Our oak trees have just bloomed and so the cattails just popped and you have a lot of pollen that’s being released,” said Dr. David Bailey at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Health.

Which comes from the thousands of trees here in Deep East Texas. Bailey, an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor says it’s all thanks to winter or a lack thereof.

“We had a quick spell of very warm, sunny weather this last week in February and so this contributed to a quick budding of the trees,” Bailey said.

And if you’re one of the lucky ones not sneezing, scratching and dripping, take a look around. There’s another sign of the pollen problem; yellow dust on your car.  

And while rain in the forecast through the rest of this week will bring some relief, don’t toss the allergy meds just yet.

“You still have pine trees that have to release their buds. I would imagine that that may be later this week or maybe even the beginning of next week. And then you have the last pollinators which are the pecan trees and they usually pollinate later March, early April,” Bailey said.

Another helpful tip, doctors say if you can shower and change clothes once you get home. That way you rid yourself of the pollen that attached to you throughout the day. 

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