22 Dec Cedar Fever and Allergies
Cedar fever, or cedar pollen allergies, is a common reaction among those who have a reaction to the spores of the cedar tree. This allergen is most severe in December until about early spring, and its symptoms can resemble cold or flu-like symptoms. Cedar fever symptoms can cause extreme discomfort and affect your well-being if not properly managed by an allergist. Learn more about cedar allergies and what to do to mitigate symptoms in the winter.
Cedar Pollen Allergies
Cedar fever and cedar pollen allergies are caused by the pollen released by the Ashe Juniper tree, also known as Mountain Cedar, from about December to February. The pollen is released immediately following a cold front and is then spread through the wind traveling hundreds of miles across the affected areas, from places such as the Hill Country all the way to Houston. This pollen primarily circulates in from central Texas because of the density of juniper trees in the area, but those in states such as Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri can also be affected.
Cedar Fever & Symptoms
The term ‘cedar fever’ is often applied to those who are affected by this allergen because of the similar symptoms to a cold or flu. Symptoms of cedar fever for you to look out for include:
- Sneezing and nasal congestion
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Plugged ears
- Sinus pressure
All of these symptoms are also common in cases of the common cold or the flu, but with one key difference. Cedar fever causes inflammation in the body that may raise its temperature slightly but should not cause a high fever. If a fever is present, it is important to visit a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Those with preexisting conditions such as asthma, COPD (obstructive pulmonary disease), or diabetes can be more at risk for complications of cedar fever.
Prevention & Treatment for Cedar Fever
Although completely avoiding the cedar allergen is impossible during its peak season in the winter, there are some steps and actions to take with your allergist to help mitigate cedar fever
- Limit time outdoors and check the daily pollen counts. Your local health department website can provide daily numbers on pollen activity. If you do go outside, try to go outdoors when pollen counts are lower.
- Remove all clothing and shoes when coming indoors. Pollen is present on your clothing and can linger in your home and trigger a reaction. Wash all clothing, bedding, and your hair frequently to remove any pollen that may be present.
- Keep your windows closed and clean the inside of your home often. Wipe all surfaces down and if you have carpet, vacuum those areas weekly. The use of an air purifier can also help remove allergens in the air.
- Pay a visit to your local allergist to help with a treatment plan. If cedar fever is something you experience every year, planning ahead with your allergist can help reduce your symptoms. Immunotherapy and allergy shots can also be a great long-term option if cedar fever and allergies are a constant reoccurrence each year.
Cedar Fever Relief with McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic
If you need relief from cedar pollen allergies and cedar fever, the board-certified team at McGovern Allergy can help! The clinic has provided the Houston community with allergy and asthma care since 1956 in Bellaire, Texas. Their Houston allergists can provide allergy testing to pinpoint the affecting allergens, prescribe medications, and develop a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.
Schedule an appointment with an allergist at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic by calling (713) 661-1444 or request an appointment online.