Updated:

January 1, 2019

Cedar Allergies: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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. Cedar and Juniper are sometimes used interchangeably for the same allergy.

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.

What Are the Symptoms of Cedar (or Juniper) Allergies?

There are a multitude of ways that cedar allergies can affect your health. The most common symptoms of cedar and juniper allergies are:

·        Sneezing

·        Red, itchy or watery eyes

·        Nasal congestion or blockage

·        Runny nose

·        Sinus headaches

·        Facial pain or pressure

Despite the term "cedar fever," cedar allergies, or any seasonal or environmental allergy for that matter, will not produce a fever. If you experience a fever that can indicate a cold or infection.

What Can I Do To Treat My Cedar (or Juniper) Allergies? 

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. Thankfully, at Aspire we offer several options for relieving cedar or juniper allergy symptoms. We recommend immunotherapy, which is a long-term treatment that can reduce the severity of your allergic reactions for many years and for some, permanently. We have three convenient options and patients usually find it easy to fit one of these into their lifestyle. It usually involves regular allergy shots, allergy drops taken under the tongue, or ExACT Immunoplasty, which can eliminate allergies in just three easy injections.

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, and implement a regular cleaning schedule.

·        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 air purifier in your bedroom to eliminate any allergens in that vicinity.

·        If you spend a lot of time outside, be sure to change clothes when coming in from outside. Also, washing hair at night is a good idea to prevent cedar or juniper pollen from entering the bed and sheets.

·        Beware of windy days! Wind can carry cedar or juniper pollen for miles, so you'll want to take extra precaution when the wind kicks up.

If you’re interested in learning more about treating your cedar or juniper allergies, or about what exactly is triggering your allergy symptoms, visit your local allergy clinic and start immunotherapy. An allergy test will give you the answers you need to find a treatment plan that is right for you. Schedule your appointment today at Aspire Allergy & Sinus with one of our certified allergy specialists.

Whether you're doing nothing to help with your allergy symptoms or taking over the counter medications on a regular basis, you owe it to yourself to get your symptoms under control once and for all: if not now, then when?

 

 

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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. An Aspire Allergy & Sinus patient himself, he uses his experience to help others gain control of their allergy symptoms.