Cedar season is here again, the worst pollen season in the country.  Mid December to mid February the bazillion male cedar trees around Austin turn brown as they become covered with tiny brown cones containing pollen.  On dry days these cones explode releasing huge amounts of pollen, sometimes it looks like the woods are on fire. This year the season has been delayed and is expected to go longer than usual.

A sensitive allergic person who gets cedar pollen in their eyes and nose develops almost immediate itching, sneezing, watery nasal drip, and itchy, red, watery eyes. These symptoms worsen with more exposure. Despite the name “Cedar Fever” allergies do not cause an increase in temperature.Cedar pollen season overlaps cold and flu season. A person with an actual fever during cedar season likely has a viral infection (a cold) instead of or in addition to allergies.

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