In the bitter cold of winter, cedar fever strikes! When most people are preparing for the common cold and flu season, one allergen stands out among the rest to terrorize those living in Central Texas. It is... CEDAR FEVER!
Cedar Fever is an enormous problem for people living in Central Texas and parts of the Midwest. Cedar Fever in Austin Texas is a major problem for residents every year. Running nose, throbbing sinus headaches and irritated eyes are just a few of the symptoms caused from these troubling plants.
For many poor individuals, there are few -if any- allergens on earth that they loathe as much as cedar. An excruciatingly painful allergen to deal with, cedar fever strikes when you least expect it. Then it lasts around 6 weeks, just until every other spring allergen creeps up from spring.
Luckily for most allergen sufferers, cedar tends to grow in only a few areas in the US. However, for those who do live in it's vicinity, Cedar is among their worst allergy nightmares.
See our Cedar Fever Symptoms page for info on how to identify whether you have cedar allergies.
See our Cedar Tree Pictures page for pictures of cedar trees throughout the various seasons.
Unlike most trees that pollinate in the spring, Cedars pollinate at an extremely unusual time of the year: the winter holidays. They release their pollen during the winter months of December-February, often in time for Christmas, and ending well after Valentine's day. Always a lovely holiday present...
This only serves to compound the pain that they cause as the weather often leads new-comers to the area to believe they are suffering from a months-long cold. This is because most people who suffer from hay fever usually can expect relief during the cold winter months. The lack of airborne allergens usually provide a lull in hay fever symptoms, but not in Texas or the Midwest where cedar thrives.
Even without competition from other pollens, Cedar pollen alone is enough to make the moderate winter months miserable in the south.
Treating your cedar allergies is no different than the treatments you would used for hay fever. Although cedar allergies are often referred to as cedar fever, they really are not unique in how they are caused.
See our Hay Fever Treatment section for easy solutions for relief!
Cedar trees are coniferous trees, which means they are closely related to pine trees. Although they may appear to have leaves, they are not closely related to other leafy trees.
Cedars have small spiny and needle-like leaves and also produce cones. However, these cones look nothing like pine cones and tend to appear more like large blueberries. Aiding in the identification of cedars is the fact that in many areas in which cedar grows, it is the only tree around. Cedar grows very quickly and consumes lots of water. It is a very hardy plant and often chokes out other types of plants and trees competition for the same resources.