The winter months are an unbearable time. Sneezing, running nose, miserable headaches, typical symptoms we all endure this time of year. However, what you are experiencing may not be the typical cold that lasts around a week. These symptoms may be signs that you are reacting to the high pollen counts from the Cedar tree.
Winter brings too many miseries as it is. Frigid weather, no sunny days for months on end, depression... Its only silver lining is that there is no pollen present to cause allergies! Wrong! Not if you live in Central Texas and parts of the Midwest where cedar growth is rampant.
In these areas, the winter months are among the worst possible times of the year for seasonal allergies and Cedar is the sole culprit.
Because cedar fever occurs during the winter, many people regularly misidentify the real cause of their suffering. Most people, especially newcomers that are aware of the cedar problem during the winter, tend to think that they are suffering from a months-long cold. Therefore, understanding the difference between cedar fever symptoms and cold symptoms is an absolute must if you suffer from allergies at any times of the year. This way, when your symptoms strike, you will know what the real cause is, and be in a much better position obtain relief through the proper treatments.
Knowing what the symptoms are will help you determine if your winter cold is in fact cedar fever.
We list cold symptoms here so that you can easily see the difference between those and cedar fever.
There are ways to figure out whether you have a common cold, or are reacting to the cedar. A key difference is through what you are blowing out of your nose. Disgusting? Yes. Important? Absolutely. Whenever you are reacting to allergens in the air, the mucus should run clear. If you are suffering from a cold, your mucus will be thick and greenish or discolored, from an infection.
Colds are also usually shorter in duration. A normal bacterial infection will lasts a couple days to around a week, while an allergic reaction will last as long as the pollen is in the air. That could last a couple of months. Taking the necessary precautions and treating your symptoms as soon as you see them can make this time more bearable. A fever may occur if you have a bad cold or sinus infection, but this never happens with allergies. The name Cedar Fever is a misnomer, because it has nothing to do with a fever!
Because Cedar fever is an allergy to cedar pollen, cedar symptoms can be treated the same way as any other seasonal pollen allergy. And just like any allergic reaction, it could easily and quickly turn into something much worse.
When the symptoms are left untreated, your sinus will become clogged and can turn into a sinus infection. If that happens, believe me, you will be begging for that common cold. For a large list of seasonal allergy treatments, see our Hay Fever Treatment page.