Cedar Fever Allergy

Cedar fever sweeps through, primarily, Texas during the winter months, causing misery to many individuals. This widespread “sickness” is actually an allergic reaction to the pollen released from ashe juniper, often called mountain cedar, trees. The mountain cedar trees create an immense amount of pollen that can travel up to 100 miles with a gust of the wind. They are visibly taunting, showing huge clouds of pollen being released into the air when a strong wind, or a shake of the tree, ensues.

Allergy sufferers have reactions to the pollen, though despite the popular nickname “cedar fever,” most don’t acquire a fever at all.

Common cedar fever symptoms can include:

Cedar fever symptoms commonly include sneezing fits, runny nose, itchy/burning/watery eyes, headache, itchy or sore throat, and/or exhaustion.

  • Sneezing fits
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, burning or watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Exhaustion

Most people first identify mountain cedar allergies as a cold, but the lasting symptoms in correlation with the pollination season seems to prove otherwise. Skin testing can be a beneficial way to test for the allergy in order to proactively treat the cause of the suffering.

Like most seasonal allergies, medical professionals suggest getting ahead of the allergen and starting treatment before the cedar fever season begins  to avoid these symptoms. Some common remedies included vacuuming with a HEPA filter, laundering clothes after being outdoors, wearing a dust mask to avoid pollen inhalation, or taking antihistamines.

How do you stop the cycle of cedar fever?

Those affected by cedar fever can rid themselves of the symptoms all together by using sublingual immunotherapy, also known as allergy drops. This treatment slowly introduces patients to the allergen, creating an immunity that will, over time, lessen or eliminate allergic reactions and make the winter months more bearable.

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