What is cedar fever?
Cedar Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from the Juniperus ashei tree, commonly known as Mountain Cedar. Cedar Fever is most common in December and January, when pollen counts are at their peak, but cases have been known to last through March. Cedar fever mostly affects those living in central Texas.
What are the symptoms of cedar fever?
Symptoms of Cedar Fever may include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, headache and sinus congestion. Cedar Fever can easily be confused with the flu or a cold, so we recommend consulting a physician to determine which of the three options you're suffering from and the appropriate course of treatment.
How do I treat cedar fever allergies?
There are a number of ways to alleviate the symptoms of Cedar Fever. Nasal sprays or over the counter antihistamines or decongestants can help ease some symptoms. A physician can provide steroids for patients with severe symptoms or allergic reactions.
What can I do to prevent cedar fever?
Experts recommend the following actions to protect yourself and your family against cedar pollen and to minimize the effects of Cedar Fever:
Inside your home:
- Keep exterior windows and doors closed whenever possible
- Turn the air conditioner or heater on when pollen levels are high
- Use a cheesecloth to cover air conditioning vents for filtration of the pollen
- Change out the filters in your AC system regularly - HEPA filters are recommended
- Dust regularly with a moist cloth
- Clean your home with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner as often as once a week
- Bathe pets frequently to avoid spreading pollen through your home - cedar pollen can stick to your pets fur
Outside your home:
- Drive with car windows closed
- Keep the car air conditioner or heater on, in recirculation mode
- For extreme cases, cover your nose and mouth with a painter's mask
- If outdoors for a long period of time, be sure to shower and change clothes upon arriving home in order to remove traces of pollen from your hair, skin and clothing
MedSpring locations in Austin, Dallas and Houston are open with a doctor on-site from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week, to help diagnose and offer treatment options for Cedar Fever allergies. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead to make an appointment.