Mountain Cedar (or Ashe Juniper) is one of the most potent allergens. Pollen from mountain cedar is responsible for the mid-winter phenomenon known as cedar fever in central Texas. Pollen is released during December and January and can be carried by prevailing winds all over Texas and beyond. Symptoms include runny nose, a sore throat, and incessant sneezing. While the allergen itself won't cause a fever (despite the common name "Cedar Fever" for peak pollen season), a subsequent sinus infection due to allergic rhinitis can result in a fever and should be treated immediately.
Without a doubt, the number one thing most people KNOW they’re allergic to is mountain cedar. It seems to be in a category all by itself. It’s the one thing that makes people dread the onset of winter. And while the weather hasn’t been showing it, we’re approaching winter quickly. Soon the sky becomes yellow and smoggy from the pollen in the air and sneezing and coughing are heard across the state. If you’re part of large population of people who suffer from cedar fever every winter, here are five things you need to know.
There are a multitude of ways that cedar allergies can affect your health. You might think of sneezing, some itchy and watery eyes, and maybe some nasal blockage, but where cedar can get nasty is when it starts causing symptoms like sinus headaches and facial pain that might cause you to miss out on life. And while cedar fever doesn’t cause your temperature to go up like an actual fever, some of the symptoms can be just as debilitating if allergies get out of control.
Cedar is one of the worst allergens for so many people; they start out every year sneezing and coughing as mountain cedar pollen covers our state. It’s quite easy for cedar pollen to be swept by the wind and travel hundreds of miles. In 1998, a researcher in Ontario, Canada found cedar pollen that had blown in all the way from Oklahoma to Central Texas.
Cedar flares up every year and you simply can’t avoid it, so here’s 4 easy ways you can prepare for cedar season.