Breaking Cedar Fever: How to keep your symptoms in check

Suffering from Cedar Fever? Many Austinites are this time of year.

If you’re new to the area, or haven’t seen co-workers and friends stocking up on Kleenex this time of year, here’s everything you need to know.

First thing’s first, you don’t actually get a fever. While inflammation of your allergies may slightly raise your temperature, Cedar Fever is not an infection. Many people commonly experience an itchy, runny nose, sneezing and watery or itchy eyes. More severe symptoms can include itching of the mouth, throat, or ears, fatigue, headache, facial discomfort, and post-nasal drainage.

Here’s our daily, over-the-counter Remedy to keep your symptoms in check:

1. Cetirizine (like Zyrtec)
2. Fluticasone (like Flonase)
3. Ketotifen (Zatidor) for eye itchiness

4. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is good but sedating, so be careful taking it during the day. Benadryl is fine for kids 6 and up. Age 2-6, consult with your doc.

A few more helpful tips to keep in mind:
  • Showering after being outside really helps, as the pollen clings to skin and hair.
  • Keep doors and windows closed.
Don’t let Cedar Fever get you down, Austinites! Give us a call if you’re still suffering from severe Cedar Fever symptoms after trying the above.