Mountain Cedar Allergy, also known as Cedar Fever Allergy, hits us every year between November and February and lingers through March. 17.6 Million adults and 6.6 million children were diagnosed with pollen allergies last year alone. If your body is achy, your eyes are always bothering you and you seem to have a constant cold? Maybe these symptoms are allergy related! One popular allergy that plagues many of us is called Cedar Fever. Although its name implies a fever, this allergy does not actually cause a fever. Cedar Fever is caused by an allergic reaction from the pollen of mountain cedar trees, which are most commonly found in Central Texas. Even though it’s most common in Texas, this allergy can also affect residents in the South Central states
Allergy season typically peaks during the months of November through March. Unfortunately, it is the dry northern winds that blow in tons of pollen, causing these pollen levels to spike up to 40x what they typically are year round. On top of that, while using heat for the inside of our homes, combined with the outside dry air, our sinus cavity becomes naturally more dry, causing our sinuses to run and the pollen only makes this worse. Specifically, mountain cedar pollen can travel hundreds of miles and begin triggering an allergic reaction once inhaled. The allergic reaction can occur if someone’s immune system is overly sensitive and begins to respond to the allergy in order to protect the body.
Symptoms of Cedar Fever
- Itchy nose and eyes
- Runny nose
- Sinus headache
- Sore throat
- Watery eyes
Steps to Reduce Allergies
Although it is hard to ignore allergies completely, there are definitely some proactive steps you can take to make them not as bad. Some of these things you may not think, but they can help tremendously.
- Stay hydrated. It is important to realize that decongestant medications can further dehydrate you and some of these allergy medications actually make it worse. While they dry out your sinuses, the extra mucus is actually trying to soothe your already dry and irritated nose from the dry winter air. So stick with something like Claritin (an over-the-counter antihistamine).
- Sleep with a good humidifier. This will add moisture to the air to help your nose from getting too dried out.
- Change your air conditioner filter regularly. And when you do so, use a specific type of air filter called a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air), which helps to filter out pollen more so than standard air filters.
- Vacuum and dust your home often.
- After being outside for long periods of time, change them quickly after coming inside, to help excess amounts of pollen from coming indoors.
- Replace cedar trees in your yard with alternative trees such as oak, elm or ash trees.
- Bathe your dogs often, even if they are indoor dogs.
- Over the counter eye drops to soothe itchy eyes.
- And an obvious alternative is always prescription remedies such as allergy shots or prescription medication
We hope these strategies and methods will help you tackle your cedar fever allergies and others. And help you become better prepared to handle your allergies in the future! If you find these suggestions still warrant a doctors visit? Schedule your appointment early and get tested with one the best allergist in your city today!