January 1, 2019

Stop Cedar Fever From Ruining Your Winter

Cedar fever is a term that makes almost everyone across Central Texas wince just hearing it. Even if you don’t have cedar allergies, you know what cedar fever is and you know when is cedar is in the air when the smog-like pollen hangs in the air.

Most of the trees we call cedar are juniper trees, and they’re a big part of what makes Texas beautiful. The temperate climate of Texas makes it a perfect environment for them to grow and pollinate during our winter. However, with this occurring during Christmas and New Years, it can sometimes be a little tough to keep up the holiday cheer with horrible allergy symptoms.

Symptoms of cedar fever

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 fever is such a big problem for so many people in Texas that in the winter it isn’t unusual for your local drug store to run out allergy medication on some days.  A lot of us don’t address our issues until they start affecting us. The same goes for how we fight our allergies. Cedar hits us hard and we react to it by getting some quick relief from antihistamines or other over the counter medicine. This medicine can be great, but there are others that will make your future winters more merry and less sneezy.

Long-lasting ways to get relief from cedar fever

Texas winters don’t have to be a time you dread every year worrying about the countless mornings you’ll be waking up unable to breathe. You can drastically improve your health over the winter months by preparing properly and treating correctly. The following examples are good examples to start with:

·        Prepare your family and your home for cedar season.

·        Implementing a cleaning schedule in the fall time will have you allergy proofing your home on a consistent basic.

·        Stocking up with HEPA air filters before the winter comes will reduce how much cedar pollen (and pollen in general) will enter your home.

·        If you’re one of those people that wakes up with horrible cedar fever symptoms in the morning, you should look at getting a HEPA airpurifier in your bedroom to eliminate any allergens in that vicinity.

The other thing to do is to treat your cedar allergies correctly. For some this will mean simply taking your allergy medicine before you go outside and feeling your symptoms instead of when you start to suffer. If your allergies are more severe, you can turn to getting your allergies treated through immunotherapy. A lot of people will turn to over the counter homeopathic drops from health food stores, but these won’t do much in the way of giving you relief or building resistance to your allergies. Everyone’s allergies are different and treatment of them through drops should be done scientifically through an allergy clinic, like us!

There’s no reason for you to suffer through cedar fever year after year. Whether the answer to your allergies is cleaning the house or starting allergy drops, you should be enjoying this time of year and not suffering.



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About The Author:

Kris Bartee, MSN, ACNPC-A

Kris Bartee completed a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Baylor University, followed by a Bachelor's in Nursing from Abilene Christian University. After extensive experience in the ICU, he graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master's degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2015. Since then, he has practiced in an Internal Medicine setting. Having lived in Arkansas, Hawai'i, and west Texas, Kris is glad to call Central Texas home again. A Aspire Allergy & Sinus patient himself, he uses his experience to help others gain control of their allergy symptoms.