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How to keep cedar fever from wrecking your winter

Cedar fever is a term that makesalmost everyone across Central Texas wince just hearing it. Even if you don’thave cedar allergies, you know what cedar fever is and you know when is cedaris in the air when the smog-like pollen hangs in the air.

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

Symptoms of cedar fever

There are a multitude of waysthat cedar allergies can affect your health. You might think of sneezing, someitchy and watery eyes, and maybe some nasal blockage, but where cedar can getnasty is when it starts causing symptoms like sinus headaches and facial painthat might cause you to miss out on life. And while cedar fever doesn’t causeyour temperature to go up like an actual fever, some of the symptoms can bejust as debilitating if allergies get out of control.

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

Long-lasting ways to get relief from cedar fever

Texas winters don’t have to be a timeyou dread every year worrying about the countless mornings you’ll be waking upunable to breathe. You can drastically improve your health over the wintermonths by preparing properly and treating correctly. The following examples aregood examples to start with:

·        Prepareyour family and your home for cedar season.

·        Implementinga cleaning schedule in the fall time will have you allergy proofing your homeon a consistent basic.

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

·        If you’reone of those people that wakes up with horrible cedar fever symptoms in themorning, you should look at getting a HEPA airpurifier in yourbedroom to eliminate any allergens in that vicinity.

The other thing to do is to treatyour cedar allergies correctly. For some this will mean simply taking yourallergy medicine before you go outside and feeling your symptoms instead ofwhen you start to suffer. If your allergies are more severe, you can turn togetting your allergies treated through immunotherapy. A lot of people will turnto over the counter homeopathic drops from health food stores, but these won’tdo much in the way of giving you relief or building resistance to yourallergies. Everyone’s allergies are different and treatment of them throughdrops should be done scientifically through an allergy clinic, like us!

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



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.