Cedar trees are a notoriously nasty allergen for residents of Central Texas, and experts are predicting the 2016-17 cedar fever season could be the worst on record when all is said and done. Dr. Robert Cook, an allergist who has practiced in Austin for more than 30 years, anticipates the current season may be “the worst we’ve ever seen.”
Some Seasons are More Allergic
Cedar fever season typically begins in December and runs through March, but may even extend a month or two longer if conditions are optimal. Like all plants, cedar trees (which are actually a species of juniper) must have enough moisture to thrive. Last year, Central Texas was coming off several years of drought. By the winter of 2015-16, when it was time for cedar trees to pollinate, the trees were still suffering and didn’t produce their full pollen potential.
After a year of rainy weather, cedar trees have had plenty of time to green up and prepare to pollinate, which means that one in five Central Texas residents could be facing an exceptionally severe cedar fever season.
Cedar Fever Symptoms
If your immune system is susceptible to cedar pollen, you could experience a variety of cedar fever symptoms that make you feel like you have a cold or flu. They can be severe and include red, itchy, watery eyes; runny nose, sinus pressure and nasal congestion; sneezing; sore throat and fatigue. It’s important to note that cedar fever is an allergic reaction that does not actually produce a fever.
Get Treated at RediClinic
Cedar fever treatment is most effective when started before cedar season begins, but if you find yourself itching and coughing, RediClinic can help. Our board-certified clinicians can prescribe allergy medications and/or steroid injections to relieve cedar fever symptoms. Make an online appointment at RediClinic and be seen the same day or next day!