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Ready or not — here comes cedar fever

Cedar pollen is on the way to Central Texas.

cedar tree against blue sky

Between December and February, Central Texas is assailed by one of the strongest allergy producing pollens in the United States—mountain cedar.

If you’re allergic, the pollen can cause “cedar fever,” which includes itchy eyes and nose, as well as sneezing. It can also make asthma worse.

Dr. John Villacis, an allergist with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, recommends the following tips for those who suffer from cedar fever:

  • Start allergy medications before the season begins;
  • Limit the time you spend outdoors, and begin using a nasal saline wash when you do go outdoors;
  • 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 mountain cedar season.

“Watching the pollen counts as well as starting your allergy medicines early in the season can help reduce symptoms that may exacerbate asthma,” says Dr. Villacis. “If you have severe allergies, allergy shots can help with the long-term treatment of asthma.”