Come winter, and the regions where the Ashe Juniper or the commonly known Mountain Cedar commonly grows, becomes a huge risk for the people inhabiting these area, mostly the pollen of the cedar can cause a plethora of allergic reactions. It is mostly identified as cedar fever, but in some cases have been termed as cedar allergy as well.
Producing tremendous amounts of pollens that are basically microscopic plants, these Juniper trees are known to grown around the Texas area of the United States. These pollens when inhaled are attacked by the human body’s immune system identifying them as foreign particles and in turn have been known to produce allergic reaction in people prone to allergies of different kinds.
The symptoms may vary from person to person but are mostly characterized by puffy, watery eyes and /or itchy eyes accompanied by incessant sneezing as well as a nasal blockage or runny nose, the worst part being that they go on for months at an end until the end of the season, usually around the end of the month of January. This naturally results in prolonged fatigue not to mention loss of hours and productivity as well as a lot of emotional distress.
Even though fever is not typically one of the symptoms, the inflammation caused due to the allergy has been known to trigger the temperature into rising thereby resulting in fever. But like any other pollen allergy, there are ways to fight Cedar fever as well, through a variety of home rules that one might want to follow as well as over-the-counter drugs to combat the symptoms.
In such cases, it is not possible to avoid this sort of an allergy when everywhere you go you are accosted by the pollens. Which is why, the most you can do is keep all the doors and windows closed at all times to make sure that you cut out all air from the outside. Also, do not forget to keep your car’s windows up whenever you are going out.
Installing Air Filters
Air filters have been known to be useful in cleaning the air by removing almost 95% of the particles from your home as well as cars. Consider installing them to keep the pollens at bay. Also, do not forget to re-circulate the air inside your house once the air conditioning has worked its magic to ensure that the air you are breathing in is actually pollen-free.
Make sure to put all your linens as well as all kinds of pillows, cushions and mattresses in cases so that the pollen has no place to settle down upon.
Make sure to wash all your sheets and covers along with the blankets and comforters frequently to curb the settling of the pollens in them. Also remember to put them on a hot water cycle to get them squeaky clean and pollen-free.
Use the Dryer
Rather than airing your laundry, use the hot dryer to dry them at all times.
Keep It Clean
Once an allergy has been triggered, dust mites have also been known to fuel an allergy which is another reason why you need to keep every single surface dust free and clean at all times. Make sure to vacuum the carpets as well as curtains and use a damp cloth to clean all the surfaces.
Every time you go out of the house, make sure come back and shower immediately and then throw the clothes in the washing machine to get rid of any pollen stuck to them. Also, make sure to wash your hair and change clothes frequently.
If after taking all these measure, you can still get pollen inside the house if you have been allowing your pet outside trips. Bathe them as often as possible and try to keep them indoors since pollen has the uncanny habit of settling onto a pet’s fur as well.
It is recommended that anyone suffering from cedar fever should use a mask whenever there is a need to go out-of-doors since they help prevent the pollens from getting inside your airways to a great extent.
Using a nasal rinse would help wash away the pollens as well as clean the mucus from the nose therby helping with the stuffy nose problem.
If you find that your symptoms are more severe than normal, consult a doctor immediately. In most cases, antihistamines as well as anti allergic drugs are prescribes along with nasal sprays or decongestants. Also, if you have has a case of cedar fever in the previous years, it is recommended that you start allergy medication as early in the season as possible to help combat the worst of the symptoms.