Is it “Cedar Fever” or COVID? – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – World

To update: Given the continued prevalence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we’re re-publishing the following article for 2020 to highlight the differences between Coronavirus and Cedar Fever.

It’s that time again: watery eyes, runny nose and lots and lots of sneezing thanks to “cedar fever”.

In particular, mountain cedar, also known as the Ashe Juniper. The mountain cedar season runs from late December to February, so unfortunately it’s only just getting started.

NBC 5 viewer Diane Smedley of Aledo shared the above video where you can watch the pollen cloud break out of the tree.

“Well, I woke up this morning sneezing and when I looked out the window at that old mature cedar I kept seeing those puffs of smoke,” said Smedley. “I had no idea what it was, at first I thought it was fog and then I found out it was pollen!”

Put simply, cedar fever is an allergic reaction to cedar pollen in the air. Something that allergy sufferers know too well.

Symptoms of cedar fever include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, and tiredness and pain.

These symptoms sound like coronavirus, right?

While it doesn’t cause a fever, the inflammation and triggering of your immune system related to allergies can raise your temperature, but not above 101 ° C. If you have a high fever or lose your sense of taste or smell, you should be on COVID-19 be tested.

Smedley looks forward to the rain and rightly hopes for precipitation, a strong north wind, and staying indoors and changing the air filters can help.

Over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal decongestant sprays, and nasal sprays can also help.

A map published by the Texas A&M Forest Service shows where juniper trees are most common. The highest concentration is clearly in the southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas A&M Forest Service

“Cedar fever is worst west of I-35, where juniper blends mostly with oak and a few other species,” said Jonathan Motsinger, director of Texas A&M Forest Service’s Central Texas Operations Department. “And because all of these junipers are producing pollen at the same time, you will get a higher concentration of pollen in the air.”


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