Cedar Fever Is Upon Us

Cedar Fever Is Upon Us

Hannah McDonough, Editor

Typically starting in mid-December, cedar fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen coming from Juniper Trees, or more commonly known as mountain cedar. But this year, cedar fever is attacking hard.

Why Is It So Bad This Year?

According to Molekule, cedar trees grow better when it rains. In 2018, Austin got a lot more rain than usual. Then as the weather gets cooler, pollen is released. We had a lot more pollen fall because the trees were able to grow bigger and better.

When Does Cedar Fever Strike?

Generally, cedar fever in Austin starts in mid-December and ends around late February. But this year in Austin, cedar fever is worse and longer. It has started earlier this year. This is partially because of the 2018 autumn being so wet and rainy.

Cedar Fever is never fun, so hopefully, it will end soon.

What Symptoms To Look Out For

According to MedSpring, everyone is affected differently. Some symptoms include:

  • running nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes
  • headache
  • sinus congestion
  • cough
  • Watery or swelling eyes

These symptoms are similar to those of the flu or a cold, so often times people confuse cedar fever for other sicknesses.

How Can We Treat It?

If you get cedar fever, then there are several medicines specifically meant for these symptoms.  These include nasal sprays and other medicines. If it’s really bad, maybe try seeing a doctor.

How Can We Stop Cedar Fever?

We can’t stop cedar fever entirely, but there are some things that we can do to prevent it. You can dust regularly, keep all doors and windows shut, and turn on the AC or heater when pollen levels are high. You can also keep car windows closed and turn car AC and heater on if you are in the car. In extreme cases, cover your nose and mouth with a mask. For more ways to prevent it, check out MedSpring.


In the end, cedar fever is not fun at all, but we have to deal with it. Hopefully, you now know more about cedar fever and how you can prevent it.