TEXAS -- Achoo! The dreaded mountain cedar pollen that often leads to "cedar fever" is ramping up. High counts have been detected of the tree pollen that causes major issues for many Texans around this time of the year. One in five Central Texans are dealing with cedar fever, according to Baylor, Scott and White Health. The major symptoms are itchy eye, itchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion. Despite the name, a fever typically does not accompany the symptoms. Our Dr. Nicole Cross sat down with Dr. Hetu Parekh, a board-certified allergist at Austin Family Allergy and Asthma to talk about symptoms and treatments.
Tips on how to get through cedar season:
- Keep your doors and windows closed. Run the air conditioner when the pollen is extremely high.
- Change your air conditioning filter often.
- Vacuum carpets and dust your home each week.
- Take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors to wash away the pollen that lands on your clothes and in your hair.
- Don't forget about your pets! Make sure you bathe them often.
- Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants in pill, spray or eye drop form may help control symptoms.
- Doctors can also prescribe oral or nasal corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs.