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Are you suffering with Cedar Fever? By Paul Fulmer, MD

The term CEDAR FEVER usually refers to symptoms caused by Mountain cedar allergy. Symptoms are the same as hay fever, including sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, nasal congestion and a runny nose. With both cedar fever and hay fever, a person will not actually have a fever.

Mountain cedar is a type of juniper tree found mainly in South and Central Texas that pollinates in the winter, from December through March. It is usually the only major pollen present during the wintertime in the areas where it grows. Mountain cedar can release such large amounts of pollen that the trees can appear to be on fire. As the pollen is released, large clouds of “smoke” rise up from the trees. With such a heavy pollen load in the air, no wonder so many people are miserable during this time of year.

Medicinal remedies include over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. Cedar fever sufferers can ask physicians to prescribe nasal corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs, but ideally such treatments should begin before allergy season starts. Doctors can also prescribe a series of allergy shots. A non-medicinal remedy is nasal irrigation — using a “neti pot” or commercial saline solution — to clear the pollen out of nasal passages.

If this is a yearly condition and the nasal congestion seems to stay even after the allergy symptoms are gone, then you may have developed “turbinate hypertrophy.” This is a common problem in people who suffer from allergies. If nasal steroids and antihistamines don’t resolve the stuffiness, then you could be a candidate for “Turbinate Coblation”. Turbinate coblation uses radiofrequency to cause shrinkage of the nasal tissues and improve your nasal airway. It’s a quick, in office procedure and you return to your regular activities that same day.

So if “Cedar Fever” has you all stopped up, take a look at our website, and lets get you breathing better today!!

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