It’s almost that time again. Cedar Fever.
Allergy-sufferers in other parts of the country get some reprieve in winter, when ragweed plants have died out. But, Texans have no such luck. In fact, winter (November-February) is the worst allergy season in Texas, because winter means cedar fever! Cedar fever is the term given to allergies caused by Texas’s mountain cedar trees, also known as Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei).
What are the Symptoms of Cedar Fever?
Many cities, particularly Austin, find themselves covered in sheets of fine pollen, and even those who don’t otherwise suffer from allergies find themselves reacting to cedar fever. Cedar pollen can cause intense allergy symptoms, sometimes feeling just like the flu. Well, cedar fever, while troublesome and irritating, is very treatable. If you suffer from cedar fever allergies yearly, suffer no longer with these valuable tips.
How do you Treat Cedar Fever?
The best treatment for cedar fever is a combination of prevention methods and doctor-sanctioned remedies such as prescription or over-the-counter medication. Prevention methods revolve around avoiding exposure to pollen as much as possible. Over-the-counter medications include antihistamines and decongestants in in pill, spray, or drop form. For those with more serious allergies, prescription medication may be in order. Prescription remedies include prescription formulas of OTC drugs, oral or nasal corticosteroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Other tips to reduce effects:
- Vacuum frequently
- Change air filters, preferably with HEPA filters
- Wash your clothes (and pets) after being outdoors for an extended time
- Try natural remedies such as probiotics, netti pots and even spicy foods
We treat allergies with sublingual allergy drops. Which are much more efficient and time conservative than allergy shots! You can expect an improvement in symptoms in as little as 3-6 months, where as shots can take a year to a year and a half to start seeing results. We do testing and treatment right here in our office in Georgetown, TX. Talk to Dr. Scott Franklin at Georgetown ENT about this treatment option.