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Old 12-18-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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I think I'm in denial here, but the congestion, itchy eyes, and non-stop headache are signs that the cedar has arrived and it's time for me to start treating it.

I used to do shots, but no longer will due to toxins in the injections. The past couple years I've done a daily cocktail of Singular & Zyrtec from end of Dec. through about mid February. This has worked really well, but I don't want to keep damaging my liver/kidneys this way.

Any one have any suggestions about what works for you? TIA.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Dang...sorry to hear that. I've not had any problems since we first moved here in spring '08(MAJOR problem with dust---initially from our previous basement, exacerbated by the dry wind when we arrived here).

Hopefully, the storms tomorrow will be timed to wash out some of the cedar pollen, rather than stirring it up.

You are taking a spoonful of local honey daily, aren't you.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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I call Cedar Fever "the crud", because my symptoms are chest congestion, almost like bronchitis. I lose my voice, and have a phlegmy cough, and I wheeze.

I find treating the mucus to be key, because bacteria loves it so much. At the first hint of the crud, I take Sudafed and a Claritin. If that doesn't work, I treat it almost like a cold - I add Dayquil to keep me alive during the day.

Thanks for reminding me! I started feeling "cruddy" yesterday
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Cedar is not showing up in the Allergy Forecast yet Allergy Forecast | kvue.com Austin (http://www.kvue.com/weather/allergy-forecast/Allergy-Forecast-65020127.html - broken link) but I expect it soon. The cedar trees in my area are starting to show the rust colored pollen buds that the colder weather is bringing out.

Check out the information here on salt water nasal irrigation, that can help a lot. http://www.centraltexasallergy.com/hyptncsolold.pdf

Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center - Allergist, Austin, Texas - Patient Education

You can buy a nasal irrigation kit (Neti-pot) from Walgreens. http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wal...156467-product

Allergy shots can help minimize and often eliminate the allergy. I recommend looking into them.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The brown pollen coating on the male trees is starting to show now. It won't be long before the trees start to shed this stuff.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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I have not been feeling the cedar fever yet, and I am usually VERY susceptible to it. It usually needs to get cold then warm again for our first burst of pollen.

I think the best defense against it is to keep your windows closed, and when I get home from work, I go directly to the laundry room, take my clothes off THERE, and then walk directly to the shower. Pollen gets all over your clothes and you spread it all around your house, your couch, your bed when you don't shower and get your pollen laden clothes off as SOON as you get home.

Other than that, I take zyrtec D pretty religiously.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Once cedar season gets going, wash your car regularly! The pollen can really build up. Jay has good advice above. It can also help to bathe pets who go outside regularly (or even wipe them down each time they come in from outside) both cats and dogs can trap and carry pollen inside.
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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I call Cedar Fever "the crud", because my symptoms are chest congestion, almost like bronchitis. I lose my voice, and have a phlegmy cough, and I wheeze.

I find treating the mucus to be key, because bacteria loves it so much. At the first hint of the crud, I take Sudafed and a Claritin. If that doesn't work, I treat it almost like a cold - I add Dayquil to keep me alive during the day.

Thanks for reminding me! I started feeling "cruddy" yesterday
I have exactly the same thing. Started a little less than a week ago. Dying.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Haven't felt it yet but it will be soon.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Not sure if I haven't been affected yet or if the Cedar-X is actually working. I bought it last week and have been using it daily. Last year I was MISERABLE. This year, nothin'! Knock wood.
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