Sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sinus congestion, fatigue…it’s cedar season in Central Texas! Cedar trees pollinate between Dec. 10 and March 1, with the highest levels in the first three weeks of January
This year is proving to be particularly bad. Last year Central Texas was still recovering from a severe drought. But steady rain and warmer weather encouraged more pollen production this winter. On windy days this pollen can travel for miles where it attaches itself to whatever it can find- including you!
Allergists agree that prevention is the best treatment- that means staying indoors at peak hours which are typically from early morning through mid-morning and keeping windows closed, especially on windy days. They also suggest a nasal rinse and a shower at the end of the day to clear out any pollen you’ve come in contact with. Wash your bedding at least once per week with hot water, vacuum regularly, and change air filters often. If you have indoor/outdoor pets be sure to bathe them frequently so they’re not bringing cedar pollen into your home. You can boost your immune system by eating local honey and taking a good multi-vitamin. To combat symptoms, use a nasal spray, an oral antihistamine and eye drops.
Is it cedar fever or a cold?
If you are still having symptoms after taking allergy medicine you probably have a cold. Also, despite being called “cedar fever” cedar allergies do not cause a fever. If you have a fever and are experiencing body aches, it might be time to head to the doctor.
Do you have any more tips on how to combat cedar pollen? If so, comment below! We would love to hear from you.