From cedar fever to dust mites, these are the 9 worst allergens in Texas


Mountain Cedar: January, February, November and December. Peak in December.

Mountain Cedar: January, February, November and December. Peak in December.

Photo: San Antonio Express-News File Photo

Photo: San Antonio Express-News File Photo

Mountain Cedar: January, February, November and December. Peak in December.

Mountain Cedar: January, February, November and December. Peak in December.

Photo: San Antonio Express-News File Photo

From cedar fever to dust mites, these are the 9 worst allergens in Texas

If you thought last year’s allergy season was unbearable, you can expect more of the same or even worse in 2020, according to a recent study.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its annual ranking Tuesday of the most challenging places to live with spring and fall allergies this year, and San Antonio was listed at No. 7 out of 100 U.S. cities. The Alamo City moved up 10 spots from 2019, according to the report.

Dr. Stacy Silvers, an allergist with Aspire Allergy & Sinus, said San Antonio’s 2020 ranking is partly based on record-breaking levels for allergies — especially cedar — the area experienced last fall.

“The weather conditions were also prime to lead San Antonio into a bad year for allergies in 2020,” she said. “Some weather experts are predicting above-average rainfall this spring in certain areas of the country and that might not be good news for those who suffer from allergies, as it will impact allergies later in the year.”

The study, which dates back to 2003, determines the ranking from data available 12 months prior. The four individual factors analyzed for the 2020 rankings are seasonal pollen scores, over-the-counter medication use and the number of allergy specialists.

In the report, Richmond, Virginia topped the list, Scranton, Pennsylvania landed in second, Springfield, Massachusetts was third, Hartford, Connecticut took fourth, McAllen was ranked at fifth and New Haven, Connecticut was listed at sixth. For the full list, click here.

To help beat the seasonal allergies, the Aspire Allergy & Sinus Center recommends taking over-the-counter medication before starting your day and to wash off your hands, face and change your clothes after being outside. You should also avoid outdoor exercise early in the morning when pollen counts are higher.

Click through the slideshow above for a list of allergies Texans face throughout the year, according to the Aspire Allergy & Sinus Center.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | priscilla.aguirre@express-news.net | @CillaAguirre

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