Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Cedar Tree Allergies

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Cedar trees are highly allergenic and can be found in many regions of the United States. Cedar tree allergies are sometimes severe enough that they can cause a reaction known as cedar fever, which can make an individual feel like they have a cold or the flu.

In addition to being highly allergenic, cedar trees produce a lot of pollen, and the pollen is lightweight enough to travel for many miles. This can make cedar pollen very difficult to avoid. If you’re suffering from cedar allergies, Wyndly can help.

Set up a consultation with Wyndly to get your personalized allergy treatment plan today, or read on to learn more about cedar allergies.

Common Symptoms

If you suffer from cedar tree allergies, you can expect several symptoms to present themselves, such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Aggravated symptoms for those with asthma

In addition, some people have a more intense allergic reaction known as cedar fever. This may make you feel like you have a cold or flu due to the increased inflammation.

Here are some symptoms of cedar fever you may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Mild fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pressure

If the pollen count is high for the day, you may notice that your allergy symptoms worsen. Symptoms can vary in severity for everyone, so you may just have mild allergies that are manageable, or your symptoms may be severe enough to make your day miserable. Finding the source of your allergies ensures you can get the right treatment to reduce your symptoms.

Where Is Cedar Found?

Cedar trees can be found in many regions of the United States, but they’re most prevalent along the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Southwest regions of the United States. Some species can also have large populations in certain Midwestern states.

U.S. Allergen Zone Map

When Is Cedar Pollen Allergy Season?

Cedar trees are evergreen and will start their allergy season earlier than most trees. In many regions, cedar pollen allergy season can begin as early as November and last until March. Usually, the pollen will peak in the months of January and February. This makes the typically allergy-free season of winter a miserable time for allergy sufferers who live in areas with a high cedar population.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods have proteins that are similar to the proteins in cedar pollen. This can cause those with cedar allergies to experience oral allergy syndrome (OAS) when eating certain foods. OAS can cause your mouth and throat to feel itchy or tingly after eating certain foods.

Here are the foods to avoid if you have cedar allergies:

  • Apples
  • Kiwis
  • Tomatoes
  • Paprika
  • Cherries
  • Bell peppers

If you have a more severe allergic reaction after eating food, seek emergency medical attention right away.

Testing and Diagnosis

It’s a good idea to get an allergy test to find the specific allergen that is causing your problems. Once tree allergy season begins, it can be very difficult to narrow down cedar pollen as the source of your allergies. With an allergy test, you can easily identify which pollen types you need to avoid. Wyndly makes allergy testing pain-free and convenient with our at-home allergy tests. Buy an at-home allergy test today to find the source of your allergies!

Let’s explore how different allergy testing options work.

Old-Fashioned Method: Skin Prick Test at Your Doctor’s Office

Skin prick testing requires you to go to the doctor to find out your allergen triggers. It’s often uncomfortable, and it takes time out of your day. You’ll go to the doctor’s office, they’ll administer a test where they prick or scrape your skin with a needle tipped with different allergens, and then they’ll observe the areas they pricked for itchiness, redness, or swelling. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience. Instead, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.

Modern and Efficient At-Home Method

  1. Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
  2. Take the allergy test and send it back to us. Just do a quick finger prick test to provide us with a blood sample and mail it back when you’re done.
  3. Receive your personal allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through your treatment plan.

    Unlike self-diagnosis, an allergy test can reveal the full breadth of your allergies. This way you know exactly what you’re allergic to and how you can treat your symptoms.

    Treatment and Remedies

    Fortunately, cedar allergies are very manageable. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best remedies and treatments for your cedar tree allergies.

    Limiting Exposure

    If you’re looking to manage your cedar allergy symptoms, it’s always a good idea to limit your exposure to cedar pollen. Since cedar pollen is airborne, this isn’t the easiest task, but certain measures can keep exposure to a minimum.

    • Look at the pollen count every day: It’s a good idea to prepare yourself for the day by finding out what the pollen count is going to be like. If you check an app or website and find out the pollen count will be high, try to stay indoors as much as possible on that day.
    • Wear a mask: If you must go outside on high pollen days, you can limit your exposure by wearing an N95 mask. This can help prevent pollen from getting in your nasal passages and your mouth. Also, wearing sunglasses can help keep it out of your eyes.
    • Limit outdoor time to evening hours: The pollen count is usually highest in the morning or early afternoon. Try limiting your outdoor time to the evening hours.
    • Shower more frequently: During allergy season, you’re inevitably going to get pollen on you at some point. Showering after being outside during the day can help to rinse off pollen. If you’re not showering for the day, it’s a good idea to wash your hands and face.
    • Wash clothes more frequently: Pollen can stick to clothes too! Be sure to do laundry more often during allergy season, and change your bedding once per week as well.
    • Trim cedar branches: You can reduce pollen levels around your own home by trimming any cedar tree branches in your yard.
    • Keep windows closed: Keep your windows closed during allergy season to prevent pollen from getting in. It’s also recommended to run your A/C and install a HEPA filter.
    • Keep your home clean: Using a HEPA filter vacuum and dusting often can help get rid of any pollen that does get in your home.
    • Avoid the aforementioned foods: Do your best to avoid cedar-related foods.

    Medications

    When limiting your exposure isn’t providing you with enough relief, you may want to consider over-the-counter allergy medications. Listed below are some of the medications that you might find helpful for temporarily managing your symptoms.

    • Over-the-counter: The most common medications for allergy management can be purchased over the counter.
      • Antihistamines: Antihistamines are used to inhibit histamine response and temporarily reduce many allergy symptoms.
      • Nasal sprays: If you’re looking to reduce symptoms of runny or stuffy noses specifically, nasal sprays can be a good solution. These sprays reduce inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages.
      • Eye drops: If you’re wanting to relieve symptoms of itchy and watery eyes, these drops can be used to flush pollen out.
    • Prescription: If the OTC allergy medications aren’t providing you with relief, you may want to talk to your doctor about prescription options.

    Sublingual Immunotherapy

    If you’re looking to treat your allergy symptoms, then sublingual immunotherapy could be the best solution. Sublingual immunotherapy is administered under the tongue and introduces small, gradually increasing doses of an allergen to your immune system. This retrains it to ignore the allergens that trigger your allergy symptoms, providing you with long-term allergy relief.

    Unlike allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t use painful needles and doesn’t require a trip to the doctor to administer doses.

    Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

    When you’re looking for long-term relief from your cedar allergies, let Wyndly help. Wyndly can provide you with a personalized treatment plan that is designed for your allergy profile and the allergens that cause your symptoms.

    Learn more about how we can help with your allergy symptoms. Schedule your allergy consultation today to start your journey to an allergy-free life.

    Cedar Tree FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions about cedar allergies.

    Can cedar allergies be deadly?

    Cedar pollen is very allergenic, but that rarely leads to a fatal reaction. With that being said, if you do notice your allergic reaction becoming more severe and that you’re having difficulty breathing, you should seek emergency medical attention.

    Can I just get rid of cedar trees from my yard?

    Trimming tree branches is a better and easier way to reduce pollen production from cedar trees, but keep in mind that cedar pollen can still travel very far, so it might not be worth the effort.

    Can I move to a state without cedar trees?

    Though cedars are fairly widespread, there are places where cedar trees are much less common. Still, you may want to try treating your allergy before making a move.

    When is cedar allergy season at its worst?

    Usually, the months of January and February will be the peak of cedar pollen season.

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