Prepare now for cedar fever

Cedar fever is on the way, and ADC allergists say now is the best time to prepare.


From mid-December to early March, Central Texas is blanketed in cedar pollen from the ashe juniper. Ashe juniper is an evergreen shrub native to the south central US and northeastern Mexico, and is often mistaken for mountain cedar.  Its pollen is potent — often causing allergy sufferers to complain of “Cedar Fever.”

Symptoms of cedar fever

  • Irritated Itchy eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Sinus congestion, sneezing
  • Usually clear mucus

ADC Allergist and Immunologists Dr. John VIllacis and Dr. Scott Oberhoff often tell their patients that avoiding pollen when you can is the first way to reduce allergy symptoms. But ashe juniper can create a massive amount of pollen over the winter months, and avoiding it can be extremely difficult.

How to reduce cedar fever symptoms

What can you do other than staying indoors for three months?

  • Take action around the house
    Change your bed sheets once a week and try to keep animals outside of the home, especially the bedroom; Change the central AC/heating filter at the beginning of the cedar season.
  • Visit your allergist
    Board-certified allergists can discuss what medications are needed and if you are a candidate for allergy shots.
  • Get your allergy shots
    Allergy shots have been proven to be highly effective against most allergens.  While they may not make you 100 percent symptom free, they can reduce your suffering by a good margin.
  • Start medications early
    This is key. Begin taking allergy medications at least four to six weeks prior to cedar season and continue the through the duration of the season.

If you know you are sensitive to cedar pollen, Dr. Oberhoff says now is the time to begin medications in Central Texas. Cedar season is right around the corner, and it’s best to stay ahead of it so it doesn’t knock you out.