As we are nearing to say goodbye to the year 2018 and welcome 2019, there’s an unwelcomed guest “Cedar allergies” on the door step of Texas.
If you are an outsider visiting Texas, you may be wondering whether you are suffering from a cold or from “cedar fever”. Ask a native resident of Texas and they know very well that the cedar allergies sucks!
Allergies and Asthma Clinic have some FAQs and tips on Cedar Fever to help you identify and be safe from cedar allergies.
Cedar Fever FAQs
Do you get a fever with cedar fever?
It may sound ironic; cedar fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from the Juniperus ashei tree and does not produce fever. If a person does have a fever, it is most likely due to a flu/viral infection.
Typically, cedar season starts in mid-December and can last through March.
Symptoms of cedar fever or cedar allergies include runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, headache, sore throat and a person having cedar fever may feel “flushed” due to the allergic reaction.
What can I take for cedar fever?
Depending on the symptoms and severity of the cedar fever or cedar allergy, the medication and treatment may vary. Below list shares some methods to keep you safe from cedar fever/cedar allergies. We strongly recommend seeing a certified Allergy Doctor for the cedar fever treatment and should not consider below list as an alternative.
Nasal corticosteroid sprays Allergists recommend these sprays, which reduce inflammation in the nose, as the best way to temporarily treat allergy symptoms. They are available by prescription only and may take a day or two to kick in.
Decongestants Oral decongestants, such as Sudafed, reduce nasal pressure and can be used in combination with antihistamines. Don’t take decongestants if you have high blood pressure. Insomnia is a common side effect. Nonprescription decongestant nasal sprays, such as Afrin, are effective but shouldn’t be used for more than a few days at a time or allergy symptoms will worsen.
Antihistamines Available in a variety of forms, these medications block the effects of the chemical released in the body by an allergic reaction. Prescription nasal sprays attack symptoms quickly. Older over-the-counter antihistamines, such as Benadryl, can be effective but typically cause drowsiness and other side effects. Newer classes of antihistamines, such as Claritin and Zyrtec, have fewer side effects but may not be as effective for everyone. People with enlarged prostates should avoid antihistamines.
Leukotriene inhibitors Often used to treat asthma, these prescription medications, such as Singulair, can help reduce nasal congestion and other symptoms. Serious side effects, including depression, have been reported.
Immunotherapy Allergy shots can provide long-lasting relief but require regular trips to the doctor’s office and can take months to begin alleviating symptoms. They’re typically not recommended for children younger than 5.
Rinses and washes Saline sinus rinses, purchased over-the-counter or homemade, can remove pollen from the nostrils and sinuses.
Does cedar fever cause cough?
Cedar Fever symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, headache and sinus congestion. Clearly, some of those symptoms overlap with symptoms common with the cold.
Can cedar fever feel like flu?
While most people with cedar fever or cedar allergies can use over-the-counter antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays to reduce symptoms and ease comfort, if symptoms persist, they may lead to a sinus infection and can worsen other health issues like asthma. If you or your child have any of the following symptoms or are at risk of complications, seek medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or rapid breathing
- Constriction of airways and a swollen tongue or throat
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Skin reactions including hives and itching
Tips on protecting yourself from and preventing Cedar Fever:
Here are some actions recommended by experts to protect yourself and your family against cedar pollen and to minimize the effects of Cedar Fever or other seasonal allergies.
- Keep exterior windows and doors closed whenever possible
- Turn the air conditioner or heater on when pollen levels are high
- Use a cheesecloth to cover air conditioning vents for filtration of the pollen
- Change out the filters in your AC system regularly – HEPA filters are recommended
- Dust regularly with a moist cloth
- Clean your home with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner as often as once a week
- Bathe pets frequently, even if they live indoor, to avoid spreading pollen through your home – cedar pollen can stick to your pets’ fur
- Drive with car windows closed
- Keep the car air conditioner or heater on, in recirculation mode
- For extreme cases, cover your nose and mouth with a painter’s mask
- If outdoors for a long period of time, be sure to shower and change clothes upon arriving home in order to remove traces of pollen from your hair, skin and clothing
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