What You Need to Know About Cedar Fever
Lots of things are bigger in Texas, and the cedar fever allergy is one of them. If you are an allergy sufferer living anywhere within a broad strip of Central Texas that stretches from the Red River to the Rio Grande, you already know the misery that the pollen of the native mountain cedar tree causes. Let’s take a closer look at why cedar fever is so troublesome, how allergy sufferers can cope and where to find cedar fever treatment.
Why Cedar Fever Occurs
Cedar allergies can affect Texans from November through March, but December, January and February are the peak months. This is the time when cedar trees pollinate, releasing countless pollen particles into the air that can travel on the wind for hundreds of miles. The exact timing and severity of the cedar pollination season is influenced by rainfall amounts and other weather conditions.
Cedar pollen is considered one of the most allergy-inducing pollens due to the large amount of pollen that the trees can produce and the large size of the pollen. In fact, drug companies often use mountain cedar pollen to develop new treatments for allergies.
Symptoms of Cedar Fever
The immune system of a person with a cedar allergy mistakes the pollen as a harmful substance and begins an allergic reaction that results in those all-too-familiar allergy symptoms. Cedar fever symptoms can be severe and may include itchy, watery, red eyes; nasal congestion, runny nose and sinus pressure; sneezing; sore throat and fatigue.
Despite its name, cedar fever doesn’t cause a fever, but inflammation triggered by the allergic reaction may raise the body temperature slightly.
How to Manage Cedar Fever Symptoms
If your immune system is susceptible to cedar pollen, there are a number of things you can do to reduce exposure to the allergen and manage symptoms.
- Closely monitor local cedar pollen counts. Knowing when pollen counts are highest will help you to manage your symptoms.
- Limit your time outdoors on warm, windy days, when the highest amounts of cedar pollen are in the air. Wear a dust mask outside to limit the amount of pollen inhaled.
- Keep windows and doors closed, and run the air conditioner in your home and car on days when pollen counts are high.
- Vacuum and dust regularly indoors. Your vacuum should contain a HEPA filter to trap pollen so it is not re-released into the air. Also, be sure to change HVAC filters in your home regularly.
- Use over-the-counter allergy medications for symptom relief. Your clinician can advise you on which medications will treat your symptoms most effectively.
- Shower and change clothes after being outdoors to remove pollen from clothing and hair. Bathe pets more frequently during cedar season too.
Get Expert Treatment at Your Nearest RediClinic
If your cedar fever symptoms are severe, visit a RediClinic in the central Texas area in Austin or San Antonio for expert care. Our board-certified clinicians can prescribe the best medicine for your cedar fever symptoms, which may include prescription allergy medication or steroid injections. We accept online appointments so you can be seen at the most convenient time for you, seven days a week!