Cedar Allergies

Control cedar allergies with allergy drops or shots from our Austin allergists

Winter is the time when many people across the United States get some relief from seasonal allergies; unfortunately, that isn’t true here in the Austin area or in Texas. Many people in our community suffer from the symptoms of cedar allergies.

Cedar allergies are caused by pollen from the mountain cedar tree, which produces abundant amounts of airborne pollen that we inhale. Unlike many plants, this tree begins to pollinate in November and continues to do so through March. Most people feel the uncomfortable symptoms most keenly in January and February.

Cedar allergies cause symptoms that people refer to as cedar fever

Cedar fever is a popular way of describing the symptoms that people experience due to cedar allergies. Cedar allergies don’t cause a rise in temperature of more than one degree, but can cause discomfort in addition to the typical rhinitis symptoms. Some people may also experience headaches, plugged ears, fatigue and sore throats in addition to other symptoms.

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes, nose and sometimes ears and mouth
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Swelling over and above the eyes

Steps you can take to alleviate symptoms

Since mountain cedar pollen is airborne, it is almost impossible to avoid it completely, but there are some steps you and your family can take to help with cedar allergies.

  • Keep windows and doors closed at home and in your car, particularly on windy days.
  • Use HEPA air filters in your home.
  • Wash your hands and face as soon as you come indoors.
  • Wear a dust mask if you have to do yard work or stay outdoors for an extended period of time.

Seasonal allergy drops provide relief during cedar fever season

After our Austin allergists have performed an evaluation, we may determine that allergy drops are the treatment you need for your cedar allergies. Allergy drops, or sub-lingual immunotherapy (SLIT), are customized to treat specific allergy triggers, such as mountain cedar pollen. We begin by administering the serum under your tongue daily, in increasing doses, for about two weeks. After two weeks, you will begin a maintenance phase throughout the cedar allergy season and take a prescribed dosage of drops daily.

Allergy shots provide year-round relief from cedar allergies and other allergens

If you or a member of your family experiences allergy symptoms year-round, you may want to investigate allergy shots, or immunotherapy. After our Austin allergists perform allergy testing, we create a customized plan for you that includes treatment for your cedar allergies and any other allergy triggers we discover.

Our Austin allergists are experts at treating cedar allergies; we can provide you and your family with much-needed relief. Contact us.

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