23 Nov Cedar Pollen Allergies
Cedar pollen allergies and cedar fever may be a term you have heard before when talking about cedar allergies, but why exactly is it referred to that way? Intense cedar allergies can often present with cold or flu-like symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms to look out for in our blog.
What are cedar pollen allergies?
Cedar pollen allergies are caused by the pollen from mountain cedar trees. In Texas, pollen from the Ashe juniper tree is also a contributor to fall allergies due to its similarity to the pollen of the cedar tree. In the fall following a cold front, pollen from the cedar tree is released into the air shortly after. The cooler season creates the ideal environment for these types of trees to pollinate all at once.
Due to the high concentration of cedar pollen in the air, reactions to cedar pollen allergies are quite common during the fall season. Even those who do not normally experience allergy symptoms are more likely to have a reaction. These symptoms can often present as cold or flu symptoms, hence the name ‘cedar fever.’
Symptoms of cedar pollen allergies
Symptoms from cedar allergies can include:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy eyes
- Mild fever
- Plugged Ears
- Constant sneezing
You may have a slight fever when experiencing symptoms from cedar allergies but shouldn’t increase above 101.5. If a higher fever persists, cedar fever is not the cause.
Treating & reducing the symptoms
Treatments for relieving symptoms from cedar allergies include:
- Saline nasal rinses
- Topical nasal corticosteroids
- Immunotherapy treatments (allergy shots)
Additional steps to take when avoiding this allergen are checking the pollen levels before spending time outdoors, removing all clothing and shoes immediately when entering the home, and investing in a HEPA filter for your home.
Allergy treatments for cedar and fall allergies
At McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic, our team of board-certified allergists and experienced staff are here to help reduce fall allergy symptoms. When visiting our clinic, we can develop a comprehensive and customized treatment plan to help you live healthier!
Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online. https://mcgovernallergy.com/request-an-appointment-online/