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Ah-choo! If there’s one thing we can all get behind in South Texas, it’s our hatred of allergies. For many, the sneezing and wheezing that comes with “cedar fever” is an annoyance, but for some people, allergies are a serious health issue. Allergies can be triggered by food, pollen, dander… all manner of substance that come into contact with our bodies.

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For many San Antonians with allergies, the dreaded "cedar fever" season has arrived.

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The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America ranks San Antonio in the top 5 most challenging places to live with seasonal allergies. 

Many people have Neanderthal genes in their DNA that predispose them to allergies, two studies published Thursday have found.

"So I suppose that some of us can blame Neanderthals for our susceptibility to common allergies, like hay fever," says Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who led one of the teams.

El Niño May Impact Cedar Season in SA

Dec 7, 2015
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From Ragweed to Mold, it may always feel like allergy season in San Antonio. But South Texas is just weeks away from the worst of the worst. Cedar. At least that's what we call it.

The pollen from Juniper trees in the Hill Country blows across the San Antonio area, making some people feel miserable. Texans tend to call junipers cedars, which is why we call it Cedar Season.