While most of the country deals with its worst allergy season in the spring, Texas is getting ready for an allergy so bad it has its own name—cedar fever. Cedar fever isn’t a real fever or disease; it’s an allergy caused by the pollen from the Texas mountain cedar. Mountain cedar’s pollen can spread so far and so quickly, and the allergy affects so many people, that Texans eventually gave it a name.

The symptoms of cedar fever are typical for allergies, although some people are known to have cold or flu-like symptoms. Everything is bigger in Texas, right? You’ll likely have a runny nose, coughing and sneezing, and itchy or watery eyes. It can also make it difficult to breathe. Unlike the cold of flu, however, you won’t have body aches or a fever, and cedar fever isn’t contagious.

So how can you prepare for cedar fever season? First, you hopefully got your allergy shots a few months ago. If you know you’re susceptible to cedar fever, you should get them every year about six months before allergy season starts. They can be extremely helpful in dealing with symptoms. Getting into the doctor for tests and shots early can help you manage the worst of the symptoms, but there’s not much they can do if you wait until the middle of the season. Once cedar fever hits, you’ll have to find other ways to deal until the season ends some time between March and May.

If you’re in the middle of cedar fever season and haven’t seen a doctor, it’s thankfully not too late. There are some other things you can do help. First, keep your house and car clean and free from pollen. It’s bad enough that you have to deal with symptoms outside, but you don’t want to deal with them in your own home. Keep air circulating and clean any pollen as soon as you see it. You should also keep yourself clean. Shower and wash your hair before going to bed. Pollen can get stuck in your hair and transfer to your pillow.

Drinking Juniper tea can help build immunity against cedar fever, and can reduce symptoms. Other teas can help ease allergy symptoms, as well. Look for lemon and ginger to help ease sore throats and runny noses. Rooibos teas are believed to have allergy-fighting properties, and green tea can help with sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.

Of course, taking an over the counter allergy medication can help alleviate your symptoms. TexaClear™ has products specially formulated to help fight your Texas-sized symptoms. Our allergy relief medicine works fast to fight multiple symptoms, including runny nose, cough, sneezing and water eyes. Plus, they last for up to eight hours to get you through the day. All of our products are clean and safe. They’re completely free from colored dyes, gluten, alcohol, sugar, acetaminophen and even artificial flavors. If you find yourself with cedar fever this season, trust Texaclear™ to take care of all your symptoms.