Mountain cedar fever – nothing says "Happy Holidays!" Quite like the combination of sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, sore throat, headache, sinus congestion, a low-grade fever, and, if your family and friends are really lucky, a horribly grumpy attitude.
Every year, starting around Christmas and ending around Valentine's Day, thousands of people in Texas suffer severe allergies in reaction to the pollen of mountain cedar trees, also known as ashe juniper.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take and safe, effective remedies you can use to make mountain allergy cedar season a much easier time of year.
Mountain Cedar Fever Relief Strategy 1: Avoid the cedar pollen.
Whenever possible, stay indoors, especially if it is windy. The wind transports the cedar pollen from the trees to whatever it encounters, and that includes cedar allergy sufferers like you.
If you have to be outdoors, especially if you are doing yard work, wear a dust mask. To help reduce the pollen inside, change your HVAC filters frequently. It may also be helpful to purchase an air purifier and keep it running nearby, especially when sleeping.
Mountain Cedar Fever Relief Strategy 2: Wash the cedar pollen away.
Unless you are prepared to seal yourself in giant hamster ball, some exposure to cedar pollen is inevitable. Whenever you come indoors, take a moment to wash your hands and rinse your face and eyes.
Also, rinse your nose out several times a day with nasal saline solution, available at most pharmacies. Alternatively, make your own saline using water, sea salt and use a neti pot for application. Just getting rid of the majority of the pollen in your nasal passes can provide considering cedar fever relief.
Cedar pollen can also accumulate on clothing. If you wear it outside, it gets cedar pollen on it, so it is essential to wash garments or have them dry-cleaned frequently. Likewise, if you have a pet that goes outside, the pollen will stick to its fur, so bathe your pet frequently.
Mountain Cedar Fever Relief Strategy 3: Avoid swapping one health problem for another.
I understand that you are miserable with cedar fever symptoms, but avoid taking on new, different health problems in your pursuit to cure your cedar fever.
Pharmaceutical cedar allergy treatments sometimes ease allergy symptoms, but they also tend to cause unpleasant side effects. That is why drugs come with lengthy packet inserts. There are significant, potentially lethal side-effects associated with corticosteroids, decongestants and antihistamines. Also, most pharmaceutical treatments focus on symptom relief only, not long-term allergy elimination.
There are effective, non-pharmaceutical treatments for cedar pollen allergies, including herbal treatments. Convenient, safe herbal cedar fever remedies based on traditional Chinese herbal therapy are available. Not only can these remedies provide symptom relief, but a good herbal formula can, over time, provide elimination of the allergic reaction.
Herbal combination formulas often work better for allergy relief than single herbs. This is especially true if the remedy has been manufactured specifically for treating cedar fever, as some products are.
Whether you use a cocktail of single herbs or a pre-formulated mixture, be sure that your cedar fever remedy includes astragalus root, which is essential for modulating the immune system. It is also prudent to take herbal remedies produced in the United States, subject to stringent quality control standards.
By reducing your pollen exposure and using effective herbal remedies, you will have a much more pleasant mountain cedar fever season.
Source by Jeanine Adinaro