In Central Texas the Mountain Cedar tree’s brownish-orange pollen is to blame for cedar fever. Often the pollen is so thick many mistake it for smoke. This tree is sometimes called the Ashe juniper and is part of the juniper family.
It’s an extreme allergy caused by massive amounts of pollen from the Mountain Cedar trees. The pollen causes itchy eyes, a congested nose, and sneezing. A runny nose is also common. Cedar Fever can cause asthma symptoms. The most common months to experience symptoms are: December, January and February.
Unfortunately the best thing to do is stay inside. This is not a time to go out for a hike or a jog. Keep your pets bathed and your windows closed. If you have been outside for a significant amount of time, change clothes and shower as soon as you come in.
Consider nasal irrigation, over-the-counter antihistamines or eye drops. A nasal steroid like Flonase can also help. Allergy drops and shots help your body build tolerance to the allergens. This reduces the severity of your mountain cedar allergy symptoms.
For more information, contact our office. Dr. Hallett can help you map the best path to taming your mountain cedar allergy.