Cedar trees are rare in that they pollinate throughout the year. This means that, unlike seasonal allergies, cedar allergy symptoms can be present all year long. In fact, many people with cedar allergies in the winter months believe they have a cold because it is not the typical allergy season.
Cedar Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms of cedar allergies are similar to the symptoms of allergies to other types of pollen. Anywhere pollen comes into contact with mucous membranes can lead to symptoms. This leads to a runny and itchy nose, scratchy throat, and itchy and watery eyes. In some cases, if symptoms are frequent or chronic, sinuses can become congested. Symptoms of cedar allergies are rarely severe enough to be life-threatening.
Treatment of Symptoms
Cedar pollen allergy symptoms can be treated with medications. There are several types of medications available, both over-the-counter and by prescription. Oral medications go throughout your system and can treat a number of symptoms at once. These medications can be coupled with nasal sprays and eye drops to help alleviate the symptoms of cedar allergies even further. Individuals with severe or chronic allergies can visit a specialist to determine whether getting allergy shots may help with symptoms.
Natural Symptom Relief
The symptoms of cedar pollen allergies can be alleviated naturally. Saline nasal sprays or neti pots can rid your sinuses of pollen and relieve congestion. Supplements including vitamin C and zinc can boost your immune system and better equip it to fight cedar allergies. Eating locally harvested honey can expose you to cedar pollen, which can decrease your immune response to it when you are exposed to airborne pollen.
Diagnosis of Symptoms
Because cedar allergy symptoms can occur year-round, they are often mistaken for allergies to other things (e.g., dust) or confused with cold or sinusitis symptoms. Diagnosis of a cedar allergy requires allergy testing, which exposes you to extracts of cedar pollen through a small scratch made by your allergist. Whether a welt appears, and its size coupled with the presence of allergic symptoms, will lead to a diagnosis of a cedar pollen allergy.
Avoiding Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of cedar allergies can be reduced substantially by decreasing or eliminating contact with cedar pollen. Closing windows early in the morning, when trees pollinate predominantly, will reduce the amount of pollen in your home. Frequent dusting and vacuuming will do this as well. Limit your time outdoors when the pollen count is high, and if you do go outdoors make sure to shower and wash your clothing when you return home to rid yourself of pollen.