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How to Combat the Annual Bout With Cedar Fever

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How Can I Treat Cedar Fever?

How to Combat the Annual Bout With Cedar Fever

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Avoidance is the best measure for one suffering from Cedar Fever. Indoor remedies can be achieved by doing the following:

  • Keeping your windows and doors closed, especially if it is windy.
  • Wearing a dust mask while gardening (it does not have to be an expensive one to be effective).
  • Washing your hands, face, and clothing when you come in from the outside. This will protect you from pollen that lands on your clothes and in your hair.
  • Minimizing your exposure time will consequently lessen your symptoms.
  • Changing your air conditioning filter often. You may want to use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to help filtrate the pollen even more.
  • Dusting your home with a damp cloth, and vacuum carpets with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter each week.
  • Bathing pets often, even if they live indoors.
  • Eliminating cedar trees in your yard by replacing them with good hardwoods like elm, ash, or oak.

Of course, medications can be effective if used properly. There are many to choose from and consulting with your physician to determine which is best is recommended. While medications may alleviate symptoms, they are not addressing the underlying process. Immunotherapy for Mountain Cedar is available for a more holistic approach.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

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  • Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants in pill, spray, or eye drop form may help control symptoms.
  • Nasal irrigation is a drug-free remedy, a commercial squeeze bottle, bulb syringe or neti pot can be used to pour saline solution into the nasal passages and wash out the allergens and excess mucus. To fill a syringe or neti pot, patients should mix two cups of sterilized warm water with ¼ teaspoon of salt.

Prescription Remedies

How to Combat the Annual Bout With Cedar Fever

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  • For those with more persistent allergy symptoms, prescription formulas of OTC drugs last longer and may be more effective.
  • Doctors can also prescribe oral or nasal corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Take allergy medicines exactly as prescribed. If you know cedar will be a problem for you each winter, see your doctor in early fall to update your treatment plan and stock up on prescription allergy medications.
  • A long-range series of allergy shots may also be prescribed if other remedies do not provide relief.
  • Regardless of your allergy regimen, cedar fever is a seasonal allergy and sooner than later the irritants that plaque you will be gone for a while and Mother Nature will provide a bit of relief.

References:

Hill Country Allergy & Asthma

Texas MedClinic

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