Mountain Cedar (or Ashe Juniper) is one of the most potent allergens. Pollen from mountain cedar and juniper trees is responsible for the mid-winter phenomenon known as cedar fever in central Texas. Pollen is primarily released during December and January, but can continue through early March.
Cedar and Juniper pollen is prevalent from December to March.
Juniper pollen, also known as mountain cedar pollen, is a common allergen that affects many people during the winter months. Juniper allergy season typically occurs during the winter months, when juniper trees release large amounts of pollen into the air. In the southwestern United States, the juniper pollen season usually starts in late December and continues through February or March, depending on weather conditions. In other parts of the world, such as the Mediterranean region and central Asia, juniper pollen season may occur at different times depending on local climate and growing conditions.
Juniper pollen is a common allergen because it contains a protein that can cause the immune system to react as if it were a harmful substance. When someone with a juniper allergy inhales the pollen, their immune system produces antibodies to fight it off. This leads to the release of histamine and other chemicals, which cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Juniper pollen allergy 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.
It's important to note that the timing and severity of juniper allergy season can vary from year to year, depending on factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind patterns. Allergy sufferers may want to monitor pollen counts and weather conditions in their area to help anticipate and manage their allergy symptoms. If you suspect that you may be allergic to juniper or cedar pollen, we strongly recommend coming in for an allergy test!