The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has issued a “very high” alert for cedar, calling the measure an “extreme exposure situation.”

Severe symptoms may be expected in pollen sensitive individuals. The more seriously allergic people should be advised to stay indoors as much as possible. This is especially true for those with pollen sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma. The best way to combat these allergens is to stay in filtered air.

Recommendations for avoiding allergy triggers and reducing symptoms include:

• Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.

• Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out.

• Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night

Leave shoes outside or just inside the door so that you don’t track pollen inside your home.