09 Dec It’s Cedar Fever Season
Cedar fever season is predicted to be unusually high this year and for all of you allergy sufferers that means more sneezing, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. In Austin and San Antonio, cedar fever season runs from December – February when pollen releases from mountain cedar trees and wreaks havoc on those who are allergic to it.
Preparing for Cedar Fever Season
So how can you best prepare yourself for the cedar fever season? Our on-demand healthcare providers recommend taking over-the-counter allergy medications before the season starts, generally two to three weeks in advance.
“Start taking over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays before you start experiencing symptoms,” says FetchMD Physician Assistant Lisa Veale, PA-C. Antihistamines treat the itch – itchy eyes, nose and throat – while nasal steroid sprays can reduce congestion and sinus pressure.
If you are looking for some drug-free ways to combat cedar fever, consider minimizing your exposure to the pollen. Also, try these tips:
- Use a saline nasal rinse or irrigation to flush pollen from your nose
- Shower and change clothes after being outdoors
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier and clean with a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
When to Call the Doctor
If over-the-counter medications and at-home remedies aren’t enough to ease your symptoms, it may be time to see a doctor. Additional allergy tests can help determine the allergens that trigger your symptoms and allergy shots may be recommended to help reduce symptoms.
And what if you’re not sure if it’s allergies or a cold? Download our app and one of our on-demand urgent care providers will be on the way to diagnose and treat you in the comfort of your home.