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It's almost time to start taking your 'cedar fever' meds, Central Texas allergist says
Pollen from mountain cedar is on its way to Central Texas to cause problems for allergy sufferers. KVUE spoke with a local allergist to learn more about what causes "cedar fever" and what steps you can take to prevent the symptoms.
Cedar fever – the name people give to their reaction to an increase of cedar pollen in the air – happens around this time of year, typically around when we see our first freeze. And this year, we may see a spike earlier than normal.
Dr. Scott Oberhoff with Austin Diagnostic Clinic said based on our weather pattern, this season will be heavy on the cedar pollen. He said the best way to be proactive is to avoid being out on cold, windy days with high pollen and to take allergy medication consistently and early.
"Oftentimes, your symptoms will be much better controlled than if you wait until symptoms start to be problematic," Oberhoff said. "If you wait until then ... you're trying to play catch up and, oftentimes, it cannot be as effective as if you had started before the season."
He also said a good rule of thumb is to start taking your allergy medicine by Thanksgiving. However, this week has been cold, so we could experience the effects earlier.
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