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Sneezing In Winter? It Might Be Cedar Fever

Sneezing In Winter? It Might Be Cedar Fever

If you suffer from pollen allergies, winter may be your favorite season of the year. But not if you live in central Texas! Turns out certain Juniper trees and other evergreens release their irritating pollen in winter rather than spring making it the worst season for an affliction known as “cedar fever.”

Cedar Fever Is Real

Like other pollen allergies, cedar fever is an overreaction of the immune system to the very-allergenic pollen released by the Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei), known commonly as Mountain cedar, in December to March. People in central Texas are most prone to cedar fever because of the dense population of Mountain cedar, but those in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri may also be susceptible. To make matters worse, the pollen is known to hitch a ride on winds and be carried hundreds of miles into areas without cedar or juniper trees. So if you find yourself sneezing and wheezing like it’s early June, it could be cedar fever.

What Are The Symptoms of Cedar Fever?

Despite its name, cedar fever doesn’t cause an actual fever. Typical symptoms include runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, headache, and sinus congestion—all those miserable symptoms we are familiar with during peak spring allergy season.

12 Ways to Manage Cedar Fever Symptoms

If you’re prone to pollen allergies, a proactive approach is the best way to deal with cedar fever. The following 12 strategies may help reduce exposure to tree pollen and minimize cedar fever and other allergy symptoms:

  1. Filter! Install a premium, hospital-grade high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to remove bacteria, mold, and other allergens and improve indoor air quality. Change heating and air conditioning filters as often as recommended.
  2. Vacuum. Your vacuum cleaner should also be equipped with a HEPA filter—vacuum daily.
  3. Break out the white vinegar. Spray air filters, vents, and returns with white vinegar and wipe with a clean cloth periodically to remove pollen and other allergens.
  4. Keep doors and windows closed at home and when driving to reduce exposure to pollen.
  5. Wipe down surfaces… Pollen settles indoors on your furniture and other surfaces so wipe them often with a damp cloth to remove.
  6. …and pets. Wipe pets with a damp towel to remove pollen when coming indoors.
  7. Purify the air. Consider installing a portable air purifier to improve indoor air quality.
  8. Wash it away. After spending time outdoors in winter near these pollinating trees, shower and change clothes to remove any residue.
  9. Go online. Before traveling, or spending time outdoors, check your local pollen forecast for tree pollen levels.
  10. Avoid line-drying clothes during times when pollen counts are high.
  11. Strengthen your immune system naturally with vitamin C, probiotics, quercetin, raw, local honey, and regular chiropractic care.
  12. Ask your doctor to recommend herbs, essential oils, supplement dosages, and other natural ways to bolster immune health.

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