Thursday, January 15, 2009

Allergy Problems in Texas

Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population in the United States suffers from some form of allergies. You may have allergies or you know someone who does. And, while allergies can be quite a nuisance for most people who suffer from them, they can be completely debilitating for others. Living in the piney woods of East Texas or the Texas Hill Country with its abundance of cedar trees can be a challenge for people with allergies. 

Pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds typically cause seasonal allergy symptoms. The East Texas piney woods and the cedar-laden Hill Country are typically high pollen count areas that can be devastating to someone with allergy problems. Although you usually can't avoid these allergens completely, unless you never go outside, you can reduce your exposure to levels that may be tolerable.  

1.) Keep windows closed in your home and in your car.
2.) Avoid outdoor activities when pollen counts are very high or it is very windy.
3.) Take a bath or shower or at least change clothes after being outdoors on days with high pollen counts.

4.) Wash your hands and face frequently to get rid of pollen.

5.) Try using a HEPA air cleaner or filter inside your home.

If you’re planning a move to Texas, you might want to check the area first to make sure you won’t be adding additional problems to your situation. Allergy problems can make your life miserable if you move to an area where there is an increased incidence of pollen and other factors that may contribute to your allergies.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.



Mayberry said...

Come to de coast mon! Heh heh... Sea breezes bring no allergens! I had allergies bad when I was a kid. Not so much anymore, but cold fronts sometimes bring nasties that set me to sneezin'.... Fortunately, cedars don't bother me none.....

foodstr2 said...

I'm suspicious of what the jets are spraying in the sky over Texas. The contrails don't go away, they spread out and the sky becomes overcast.

I've noticed that my allergies flare up when they do this.


American Prepper said...

Great Job with your site Riverwalker and Mayberry! I hope to send some of my Texan Friends your way. Maybe My Pops will be droppin in, His Name is Glen from Denison, Tx.

(The following is a re-posting from American Preppers Network)
I had an excellent opportunity to stop in, have lunch, and meet CatMan from California for the first time. A pretty awesome guy we all have here operating California. He's got a lot of good ideas. Check out his network whenever you get a chance. He plans to start up sub-chapters within the California Preppers Network. By the way, from now on, whenever I receive a dispatch, I will post my route. If you see that I will be heading your way, e-mail me and maybe we can hook up and talk Preppin' over lunch or dinner.

Help U Prep said...

Hello! Great site.
Just had to share what helped with my pollen allergies. Don't know that it will work with what you have there, was unheated honey! Yup, honey. 1tsp to 1 TBS a day - but the honey has to be from the area you live in and it cannnot be heated or at least not heated over 114 degress (if memory serves)It is the enzymes in the honey that helps and heating destoyes them.
Anywho after years of summer suffering I can enjoy the outdoors again!

riverwalker said...

To: American Prepper

If he's in the area, give us a shout! Thanks.


riverwalker said...


Great tip! Thanks for the info. Maybe this will help someone who has a similar allergy problem. Thanks.


Barb said...

I'm a Texas gal with allergies to pollens, dust mites, molds. I've found that irrigating my sinuses with a neti pot works like a charm to keep the allergies under control. It also seems to get rid of cold viruses before they catch hold -- I haven't had a cold in a couple of years, even though I've been exposed numerous times to people with colds.

riverwalker said...

To: Barb

Thanks for the great tip! Maybe we'll have a few less allergy sufferers out there now.

Thanks Barb.