Austin (KXAN) — If you live in Central Texas, chances are you’ve experienced the dreadful effects of cedar pollen—a cold battle, also known as “cedar fever.”
Cedar causes winter allergies and peak season usually occurs in January. According to our Pollen Sense technology, the amount of cedar pollen has been “very high” over the past week or so.
We asked our Facebook and Instagram viewers what are the best practices for dealing with cedar fever.
Some commentators have suggested moving out of Texas, but if you don’t feel like doing it or don’t have the funds, fear not! There were other helpful tips from locals, including the following:
- Cedar Fever Allergy Drops by HEB
- Nasal spray such as Xlear or Flonase
- Take Benadryl, Mucinex, or another allergy medicine regularly.
- Allergy shots
- Herbal/nettle tea
- Vitamin C
- mint oil
- neti pot
- Wash/rinse hair and clothing and shower after being outside
- Wash clothes after being outside
- Wash bedding regularly and/or don’t go to bed without changing or showering.
- Sleep with an air purifier in the bedroom
- Wear a surgical or medical mask outside on high pollen days.
- If you have pets that spend time outside, dry or bathe them frequently.
You should talk to your doctor before making major changes to your regimen and before taking medications that can have serious side effects. Always read labels and safety warnings on medicine bottles and other products.
One commenter suggested drinking tequila with lime, which sounds like a great Texan solution to just about everything.
Or you can leave Texas. You decide!