If you’ve ever lived in Texas, you know about cedar fever. It’s actually just an allergic reaction to the pollen of the mountain cedar tree, but the reaction is so common and widespread that it has it’s own name. The mountain cedar (which is actually a juniper plant) starts its “mating season” in November, when the pollen first starts developing. Throughout the late winter and spring, the wind picks up the pollen to spread the plant, bringing with it some terrible allergic reactions. The pollen can travel hundreds of miles, so you can be affected even if you don’t live in an area with lots of mountain cedar. Some Texans say that cedar fever is much worse than the allergies caused by ragweed.

Despite the name, cedar fever doesn’t actually cause a fever. Symptoms are fairly similar to that of typical allergies. Most people experience itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose or blocked nasal passages. Some sufferers also report fatigue, headaches, loss of smell, sore throat, facial discomfort and plugged ears. The inflammation caused by the allergic reaction may cause a slight increase in temperature, but it’s usually not enough to be considered an actual fever.

One interesting thing about cedar fever is the nasal symptoms. In some people, it causes an almost constant runny nose, while others get blocked and stuffy. A runny nose happens when the histamine (the part of the allergen that causes symptoms) sends fluid into your mucous membranes. This drains your sinuses and throat, which is why you have a runny nose and possibly a cough. On the other hand, if your nose is stuffy, the histamine in the pollen has caused inflammation in your nasal passageways, leading the mucus to accumulate and congest your airways. People with stuffy noses may find themselves sneezing more in an effort to clear their airways.

The type of reaction you have could make a difference in the medicine you take. Allergy medications are “antihistamines,” meaning they work against the symptom-causing histamines in allergens, including the pollen in mountain cedar. Traditional allergy medications treat itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, minor coughs and runny noses. It’s great if you’re constantly using tissues and blowing your nose. However, if you find yourself with a stuffy nose and blocked airways, you might want to consider a different medication.

For people who tend to get blocked, a sinus relief medication may be more helpful. Allergy sufferers who tend to get blocked up are also more likely to experience fatigue, headaches, loss of smell and facial discomfort. Mucous gets stuck in your sinuses, creating pressure that leads to the headaches and facial discomfort. It also causes more difficulty breathing, which could be why people often feel more fatigued when they’re stuffed up. A sinus relief medication reduces inflammation in the nose and helps loosen and clear out mucous so you can breathe easier. It will also help relieve headaches.

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