Unfortunately for a big percentage of Central Texas residents, the 2016-17 cedar fever season got an early start as a result of rainy weather and mild temperatures earlier in the year. On December 29, strong winds caused cedar pollen counts to skyrocket to nearly 22,000 grains per cubic meter. This reading was the second-highest count ever recorded in Austin, topped only by a pollen count of 32,000 grains per cubic meter in the mid-1990s.
Common Symptoms of Cedar Fever
During a bad year, mountain cedar trees produce tons of pollen, each grain with the ability to trigger cedar fever. While cedar fever doesn’t actually result in a fever, the inflammation associated with the allergy may slightly raise your temperature. An allergic reaction to cedar pollen can cause a range of troublesome symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion, and itchy and watery eyes. Some allergy sufferers also experience headaches, chronic fatigue, sore throat, facial discomfort, or loss of taste and smell.
Keep Symptoms at Bay
Cedar fever treatment is most effective when started before the season begins, but if you are experiencing symptoms for the first time or you have delayed treatment, there are still steps you can take to control this allergy.
- Know when pollen counts are the highest. During peak counts, stay indoors as much as possible, keep windows and doors closed, and run the air conditioner to filter out pollen. For up-to-date pollen counts for your local area, visit pollen.com.
- Take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors to wash pollen from clothes and hair. Pets can be a source of pollen too, so bathe them more often during cedar fever season.
- Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants in pill, spray or eye drop form are effective at controlling cedar fever symptoms in many patients.
- For some patients, prescription medication and steroid injections are necessary to relieve allergy symptoms.
Get Allergy Relief at RediClinic
Don’t let out-of-control cedar fever symptoms lead to irritability, chronic fatigue and decreased performance at work or school. Take control of your symptoms with help from the board-certified clinicians at RediClinic. Our experts can prescribe allergy medications and allergy shots to relieve symptoms. Schedule a same-day or next-day appointment online to be seen at a Texas RediClinic, open seven days a week.