When is allergy season in Texas? It depends on where you live (2023)

by: Caden Keenan



AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – As Texans look forward to the festivities of February, from the Super Bowl and Daytona 500 to Valentine’s Day, some are also already starting to feel the first tingling of the upcoming allergy season.

However, when exactly allergy season begins can be difficult to pin down, especially in Texas. Not only can it depend on the weather, but also the region and the specific kind of allergy the person asking might be referring to. Because of that, someone with a cedar allergy in San Antonio might experience their allergy season months apart from someone in Cactus who is sensitive to ragweed pollen.

Here’s an overview of the common allergens around the Texas Panhandle, when they tend to rear their heads, and how to be prepared no matter when your allergy season falls.

How do allergies happen?

Allergies are physiological reactions, according to the BSA Health System in Amarillo, that happen when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance (an allergen) that someone has inhaled, touched, or eaten. When the immune system reacts to an allergen in the skin, eyes, stomach, nose, sinuses, throat, and lungs, people may experience classic allergy symptoms from itchy eyes to rashes and sneezing.

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While much of the United States tends to see a break in allergies over the winter due to colder air, areas of Texas have been ranked on multiple health websites as some of the worst for common allergies. The more temperate climate in Texas, along with high winds and plant life, have contributed to at least one allergy season or another lasting through most of the year. Ragweed, cedar, and grass pollens can drift through the Texas air to some degree nearly all year round, and there are different types of allergy-worsening molds for both drier and more humid parts of the state.

Allergens on the High Plains

Across the state of Texas, as noted in a number of health blogs and allergy forecasts, the most common allergens include ragweed pollen, cedar tree pollen, grass pollen, and mold. However, the Texas Panhandle also shares a number of common allergens with New Mexico.

According to sources such as allergy forecasts, the New Mexico Department of Health, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, common allergens throughout the year on the High Plains include:


  • Juniper (Cedar) trees can start releasing pollen as early as December and tend to peak in March or April, which makes it a prevalent allergen throughout the winter on the High Plains
  • Elm trees tend to release pollen through flowers and fruit and can start releasing it around January, reaching a peak in March or April.
  • Mulberry trees tend to be heavy pollinators and begin their season around mid-February to mid-April, which means they commonly end up a significant allergen in early spring.
  • “Cool-season” grasses often begin to bloom and spread pollen as soon as temperatures rise above freezing, including Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. During milder winters in the Texas Panhandle, this can mean these grasses could begin spreading pollen in December or January.


  • Cottonwood and ash trees are common on the High Plains and tend to release pollen through most of the spring and summer months.
  • Texas’ official state tree, the pecan, tends to pollinate around March and into May.
  • Oak trees tend to start their season in late March or early April, and often last through May.


  • Ragweed and other weed pollens tend to become more prevalent in the summer and early fall, peaking around August in a normal year.
  • Sagebrush tends to peak August and September, though its season can run from July through the end of October. It is often mistaken for tumbleweed but appears less common in Texas than in New Mexico.
  • Tumbleweeds, not to be mistaken with sagebrush, are one of the most prevalent allergens throughout summer and fall on the High Plains.
  • A wide array of grasses also release pollen through the summer and fall on the High Plains, including common “warm-season” grasses such as bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and buffalograss.

All Year

  • Mold tends to spread easily indoors and in mild weather, which means it can become a problem as much in fall and winter around Texas as it can in spring and summer. Further, mold spores can be hardy enough to thrive in harsh and dry conditions, making them a significant allergen around the steppe climate of the High Plains as well as more humid areas of the state.
  • Dust and dander can also be significant allergens throughout the whole year across the High Plains, whether they are spread outdoors via high winds or inside homes and covering furniture and bedding material. This lends toward both being an issue whether the High Plains is experiencing a slushy winter or a tinderbox of a dry spring and summer.

How to handle any ‘allergy season’

According to sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences, there are a number of strategies people can take to protect against pollen and deal with the effects of allergies when they strike, including:

  • Checking local forecasts regularly for information on pollen levels and air quality, and planning to spend less time outdoors when levels will be high.
  • Taking prescribed allergy and asthma medications as prescribed by health care providers.
  • Avoiding touching eyes and face outside, and washing off and changing clothes once inside to clear away pollen buildup on skin and fabric.
  • Keeping windows and doors closed during pollen seasons and, if possible, using high-efficiency air filters for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
  • Using over-the-counter allergy relief medications and methods such as antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, and nasal cleansers such as neti pots to help clear sinuses and treat symptoms.

Altogether, working with health care professionals to identify allergy triggers and create an action plan can help minimize the impact of any “allergy season,” no matter where in Texas you are or what day of the year it is.

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What is allergy season in Texas? ›

Worst Seasons for Allergies

Below are peak blooming/allergy seasons for trees common in and around Texas: September, February-March: Fall Elm. Winter months: Mountain Cedar. Spring months: Ash, Mulberry, Sycamore, Willow.

Why are my allergies worse in Texas? ›

High levels of carbon dioxide produces warmer temperature and therefore longer growing season. Long growing season means more pollen in the air. The asthma and allergy foundation also says air pollutants can change the structure of pollen grains to make it more allergenic.

What allergen is high in Texas? ›

Grass Pollen

The grass allergy season in Texas usually begins in early March and continues till mid-October.

How long is ragweed season in Texas? ›

The pollination of ragweed occurs nearly the same time each year and lasts between six and eight weeks. In north central Texas area (Dallas Fort Worth), the season ranges from mid-August through November or until the first frost. In many areas, however, ragweed pollen levels usually peak in mid September.

Is Texas a good place to live for allergies? ›

San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Waco rank worse than the majority of the country when it comes to allergies. But the question still remains, why is it that Texas is so bad when it comes to allergies? The main reason is due to the temperate climate. Plants in Texas only endure occasional periods of freeze, if any.

Is living in the city better for allergies? ›

Studies spanning the last two decades have confirmed that asthma,1,49 allergic sensitization,7,10 wheezing,4,11 atopy,11,12 and hay fever,4,10,1314 are less commonly reported among farm-reared children than urban counterparts.

What is the best state to live in if you have allergies? ›

Best States for Allergies

Based on the AAFA data, the best states for people with allergies are: Utah. California. North Carolina.

Are allergies worse in Houston or Austin? ›

Austin ranks No. 50 on the list of the most challenging cities to live in with allergies, far behind our neighbors. Houston ranks No. 28, San Antonio ranks No.

What is the allergy capital of Texas? ›

Allergies Explained: Your guide to allergies in Central …

Central Texas has been called the “Allergy Capital of the World,” and Austin has ranked as one of the worst cities for allergy sufferers for years.

Are allergies worse in Texas or Florida? ›

AAFA's 2022 Allergy Capitals list shows the states with the highest number of “challenging” seasonal allergy cities are Connecticut, Texas and New York — which have three cities each. Florida, Pennsylvania and South Carolina come in second with two cities each.

What is the allergy capital of the US? ›


Scranton, Pennsylvania, is not only our #1 overall Allergy Capital for the year, but it also ranks #1 separately for both spring and fall allergies.

How long does allergy season last in Texas? ›

Allergy season typically lasts six to eight weeks beginning in March and April and can last up to three months, according to Hogue, but pnce plants and trees start drying up and temperatures shift, he said it is usually a good sign allergy season is coming to an end.

What is the best allergy medicine for Texas allergies? ›

Over-the-counter medications can help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. Antihistamines will help reduce sneezing, itching, watery eyes and runny nose. Popular choices include Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, and Alavert. Decongestants such as Sudafed and nasal sprays like Afrin help with nasal congestion.

What tree in Texas causes allergies? ›

For starters, cedar fever isn't a flu or a virus – it's an allergic reaction to the pollen released by mountain cedar trees. In Texas, the predominant species of mountain cedar is the Ashe juniper.

Where does ragweed grow in Texas? ›

The ragweed plant is found all over Texas, though it's most common in the wide-open rangelands. The weed itself is a hearty, green stalk with yellow flowers and polyps of pollen. It thrives across dry, hot, and arid landscapes (where other vegetation may have difficulty growing).

What are the symptoms of ragweed allergy? ›

What Are the Symptoms of Ragweed Allergy? (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis)
  • Sneezing.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat.
  • Itchy or puffy eyes.
  • Mucus in the throat (postnasal drip)

Can you cure ragweed allergy? ›

There is no cure for ragweed allergies, but there are treatments available to help alleviate your symptoms. If you have allergic asthma, your doctor may prescribe medications such as inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators to help control your symptoms.

Where to live to avoid allergies? ›

The western United States is the best place to live for allergy sufferers. Arid and mountainous regions prevent the proliferation of airborne allergens. Dust mites are also sparsely found in the West. You may want to consider moving to cities like Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Where is the best place to live in Texas with asthma? ›

Abilene, Texas. According to the latest data, Abilene has a considerably low asthma rate. Also, 10 years ago Abilene adopted a ban on smoking in public and work places, which creates a suitable environment for asthma sufferers.

What city is best for allergy sufferers? ›

The 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S. for Allergy Sufferers
  • Omaha, Nebraska. ...
  • Rochester, New York. ...
  • Boston. ...
  • San Jose, California. ...
  • Madison, Wisconsin. ...
  • San Francisco. Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 10. ...
  • Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 6. ...
  • Portland, Oregon. Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 22.
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Is dry or humid better for allergies? ›

Moisture makes mold grow, both indoors and out. Dust mites also thrive in humid air. But if you're allergic to pollen, humid or damp days are good. The moisture weighs down the pollen, keeping it on the ground.

Is humidity better or worse for allergies? ›

Pollen allergy sufferers know what alleviates their complaints: rain, humid air and the absence of wind. House dust allergy sufferers experience significantly pronounced complaints during the dry hot period. The experts say to them: Be careful with humidity — 30 or 40 percent is better than 50 percent!

Do allergies get better or worse with age? ›

Allergies may simply worsen with age because you've been exposed to the triggers longer, Parikh says. "It takes repeated exposure to develop allergies. It can take a while for the immune system to decide it doesn't like that allergen."

What state has least allergies? ›

What Are the Best States for Allergies?
  1. North Carolina. The only place on AAFA's list that is not on the west coast also happens to be ranked number one as the least challenging place in the country for allergies. ...
  2. Washington. ...
  3. 3. California. ...
  4. Utah.
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What state has no ragweed? ›

If you live in Alaska, consider yourself lucky. You live in the only state where ragweed doesn't grow. Ragweed has even been introduced to Hawaii. Within the 49 states where ragweed grows, there are 17 different types of ragweed.

Are allergies worse in a city or country? ›

Are allergies worse in cities? The answer is yes. According to the professionals, although all plants pollinate, not all plants trigger allergies. To do so, that pollen has to reach the airways, a process that is facilitated by the atmospheric conditions of urban environments.

Is Houston a good place to live if you have allergies? ›

Houston is not the best place to live if you suffer from allergies. Houston is currently ranked #34 on the Top 100 Allergy Capitals, moving up 16 spots after being ranked 50th in 2021.

Is Texas a good place to live with asthma? ›

#10 – Austin, TX – While the Ashe juniper is the cause of the higher-than-average pollen count, Texas' capital has less asthma emergency room visits and better air quality than other areas of the U.S. Likewise, there is fewer asthma diagnoses made here. Why?

What weather makes allergies worse? ›

Dry, windy days:

Gusts of wind can blow pollen and other allergens into the air, causing hay fever and other reactions. If you have a pollen allergy, it's wise to stay indoors with the windows shut on windy days.

What city has the least allergies? ›

20 Best Cities
  • Seattle, Washington.
  • Durham, North Carolina.
  • San Francisco, California.
  • San Jose, California.
  • Portland, Oregon.
  • Sacramento, California.
  • Denver, Colorado.
  • Provo, Utah.

What causes fall allergies in Texas? ›

Much like ragweed, outdoor molds cause the most irritation until the first frost. They are most commonly found in soil, composts and leaves. Rare types of weeds – Though these types of weed are only seen in various parts of the country, goldenrod, curly dock, pigweed and sagebrush can also cause fall allergies.

What is allergy season in Dallas? ›

March to September: Grass pollen

This allergy season often peaks in summer. And yes, all those lawnmowers will help spread it. But even more grass pollen comes from wild uncut grass that grows on roadsides and other places.

Is Texas weather worse than Florida? ›

The humidity is horrible in Florida. You walk outside and you are instantly sticky and sweaty. Texas is a dry heat. Yes, you do get the breeze from the ocean in Florida but it's hot wind and doesn't help much.”
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Can I eat white chocolate if I'm allergic to chocolate? ›

If you're allergic to chocolate, you likely can still enjoy white chocolate. However, your reaction to white chocolate will depend on the actual reasons you're allergic or sensitive to chocolate. People who are allergic to chocolate often replace it in recipes with carob, a legume similar in taste and color.

Who has the most allergies in the world? ›

Australia has the dubious crown as the allergy capital in the world, with the UK following as a close second. In Australia, food allergies are seen in 10% of infants, 4-8% of children and around 2% of adults.

Which state has more allergies in USA? ›

States rich in trees, grass, and weeds contain a lot of allergens. These include areas in the Northeast like Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Virginia, Kansas, and Texas also have a high rate of allergens.

What US city has the highest pollen count? ›

Top Ten Cities with the Highest Pollen Count
  • Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas. ...
  • Dayton, Ohio. ...
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ...
  • McAllen, Texas. ...
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ...
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee. This southern city scores high on all allergy levels. ...
  • Louisville, Kentucky. This one made the list because of two factors. ...
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What is the best state for asthma? ›

  • Cape Coral, FL. Cape Coral, FL takes the top spot as the best place to live with asthma because of it's low prevalence of asthma and low number of asthma-related emergency room visits. ...
  • McAllen, TX. ...
  • Houston, TX. ...
  • Sarasota, FL. ...
  • Daytona Beach, FL. ...
  • El Paso, TX. ...
  • San Antonio, TX. ...
  • San Jose, CA.

What month do allergies go away? ›

Like every year, allergy season 2022 will roughly last from early spring to fall, i.e., March to October. However, not all allergens are present throughout this period.

What months do allergies flare up? ›

In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Tree pollination begins earliest in the year followed by grass pollination later in the spring and summer and ragweed in the late summer and fall.

What allergy medicine works best for ragweed? ›

How Is a Ragweed Allergy Treated?
  • antihistamines, such as loratadine (Claritin) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or oxymetazoline (Afrin nasal spray)
  • nasal corticosteroids, such as fluticasone (Flonase) or mometasone (Nasonex)
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What gets rid of allergies fast? ›

Oral antihistamines.

Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, a stuffy or runny nose, and watery eyes. Examples of oral antihistamines include cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy), fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy) and loratadine (Claritin, Alavert).

Is Claritin or Zyrtec better for allergies? ›

Studies have shown equal effectiveness for Zyrtec and Claritin for allergic rhinitis and urticaria.

What is the best defense against allergies? ›

Over-the-counter antihistamines, such as Zyrtec or Claritin, are a great way to reduce itching, sneezing, and stuffiness. Nasal sprays like Flonase are also effective if used before symptoms begin. It may take some trial and error to discover the best allergy medication for you.

What plant gets rid of allergies? ›

Houseplants for Allergies

The top plants they recommend include the following: Mums and peace lilies, which help to remove PCE from the air. Golden pothos and philodendron, which can control formaldehyde. Gerbera daisies to control benzene.

What are the most common allergies in Texas? ›

Grass Pollen

Ryegrass, Timothy grass, Bermuda grass and some types of weeds are some common allergens which trigger many people.

What month is most common for allergies? ›

In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Tree pollination begins earliest in the year followed by grass pollination later in the spring and summer and ragweed in the late summer and fall.

What months are allergy months? ›

When is the California allergy season? California allergy season is typically from late January to early November.

How long do allergies last in Texas? ›

Allergy season lasts until the fall

Allergy season typically lasts six to eight weeks beginning in March and April and can last up to three months, according to Hogue, but pnce plants and trees start drying up and temperatures shift, he said it is usually a good sign allergy season is coming to an end.

What symptoms does ragweed cause? ›

What Are the Symptoms of Ragweed Allergy? (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis)
  • Sneezing.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat.
  • Itchy or puffy eyes.
  • Mucus in the throat (postnasal drip)

Do allergies worsen as we age? ›

Allergies can worsen over time because, as you age, your immune system changes. Sometimes it can become intolerant to allergens it used to tolerate. Seasonal allergies can also be worse due to climate change.

At what age do allergies get worse? ›

People tend to experience intense allergies between the ages of 5 and 16, then get a couple of decades off before the symptoms return in the 30s, only to diminish around retirement age. Three types of explanations have been proposed: environmental, infectious, and psychological.

What are the 7 allergy symptoms? ›

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction
  • Itchy, watery eyes.
  • Itchy nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Runny nose.
  • Rashes.
  • Hives (a rash with raised red patches)
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Vomiting.

How do I know my allergy season? ›

What are the signs of seasonal allergies?
  1. Itchy, watery or red eyes.
  2. Circles under eyes.
  3. Itchy mouth, nose or throat.
  4. Runny or stuffy nose.
  5. Drainage from the nose down the back of the throat (postnasal drip)
  6. Temporary loss of smell.
  7. Headache.
  8. Sneezing.

How do you stop allergies immediately? ›

Try an over-the-counter remedy
  1. Oral antihistamines. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, a stuffy or runny nose, and watery eyes. ...
  2. Corticosteroid nasal sprays. These medications improve nasal symptoms. ...
  3. Cromolyn sodium nasal spray. ...
  4. Oral decongestants.

Why are my allergies worse at night? ›

One of the biggest causes of nighttime allergies is dust mites - microscopic, spider-like bugs that feed on exfoliated human skin cells. These critters can be found in mattresses, pillows, bed linens, carpets and upholstered furniture. Dust mites won't bite you or harm you.

Is it sinus season in Texas? ›

In most states, allergy season is limited to spring because this is when most pollinating plants release pollen dust, which irritates the sinuses. Pollination season usually ends when spring turns to summer—but not for Texas. Texas's dry winters are to blame for residents' year-round allergy issues.

How do you build immunity to ragweed? ›

With allergy shots, the individual is injected with gradually increasing amounts of ragweed allergens. Both methods can help the body build tolerance to ragweed pollen and reduce the immune response, but it may take several months or years for immunotherapy to be effective.

Does FLONASE help with ragweed? ›

Treating a ragweed allergy isn't always easy, and we can be exposed to ragweed pollen even when we try to avoid the outdoors. Learn how to use FLONASE nasal sprays to help you treat your ragweed allergy symptoms. You can also help reduce your allergy symptoms by reducing your exposure to ragweed pollen.

What time of day is ragweed worse? ›

To avoid pollen, know which pollens you are sensitive to and then check pollen counts. In spring and summer, during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.


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