Allergy season is upon us including the most problematic allergy in Texas, Cedar Fever.
Cedar Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen released by Juniperus ashei, a juniper tree also known as mountain cedar. The tree grows extensively around Austin and is found all over Texas. The Mountain Cedar tree releases pollen into the air during the winter months starting in November and lasting into March with December, January and February being peak months. The Pollen from the tree can travel hundreds of miles and can effectively cover entire cities. This year besides battling Cedar Fever and cold and Flu Season we also have Covid-19 to deal with.
In light of this one of the best things we can do to prepare for the next few months is to strengthen our Immune system. Some of the supplements recommended by the Institute for Functional Medicine that have been suggested to improve the body’s ability to fight off and recover from Covid-19 are also beneficial in building your immune system to better deal with Cedar Fever. Here are a few of the supplements we recommend.
-Zinc Acetate, Citrate, picolinate, or glycinate.
-Vitamins C and A.
These supplements can be taken separately or are available in formulas for which some of them are combined.
What are the symptoms of Cedar Fever?
Allergic symptoms to mountain cedar pollen may include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy mucous membranes
- Watery, red eyes
- Swelling around the eye
- While cedar fever does not actually cause a fever, the inflammation triggered by the allergic reaction may slightly raise your temperature.
- Some sufferers also complain of fatigue, mild headache, facial discomfort, sore throat, partial loss of smell and the sensation of ear plugging.
Unlike Cedar Fever Covid-19 symptoms starts with a fever and a dry cough, not a runny nose. Fatigue, headache, loss of smell and taste and muscle aches are among the most commonly reported symptoms in people who are not hospitalized