Is it ‘Cedar Fever or COVID? Its That Time of Year, How to Know the Difference – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Simply put, cedar fever is an allergic response to cedar pollen in the air. Something allergic reaction patients know too well.

Signs of cedar fever consist of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, aching throat and fatigue in addition to discomforts and aches.

NBC 5 audience Diane Smedley of Aledo shared the video above, where you can see the cloud of pollen appear from the tree.

Particularly, mountain cedar, which is likewise referred to as Ashe juniper. Mountain cedar season ranges from late December to February, so, unfortunately, its just beginning.

” Well I awakened sneezing today and as I was watching out the window at this old fully grown cedar tree, kept seeing these puffs of smoke,” stated Smedley. “I had no idea what it was, initially I believed it was fog, and then realized its pollen!”

Its that time of year again: Watery eyes, runny nose, and lots and great deals of sneezing all thanks to “cedar fever.”

Update: With the continued spread of the omicron variation of COVID-19, we are republishing the 2020 article listed below to highlight the distinctions in between coronavirus and cedar fever.

Texas A&M Forest Service

Those symptoms sound like coronavirus right?

Smedley is looking forward to the rain, and shes ideal to wish for precipitation, a strong north wind, in addition to remaining inside your home and changing your air filters can assist.

While it doesnt in fact cause fever, the inflammation and triggering of your body immune system related to allergies can raise your temperature, however not above 101 °– if you have a high fever, or you lose your taste or odor, you must get checked for COVID-19.

A map published by Texas A&M Forest Service reveals where juniper trees are most prevalent. Clearly, the highest concentration is to the southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Non-prescription antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and nasal sprays can also assist.

Texas A&M Forest Service

” Cedar fever is the worst west of I-35, where you have mainly juniper blended in with oaks and some other types,” said Jonathan Motsinger, the Central Texas Operations Department Head for Texas A&M Forest Service. “And due to the fact that all of those junipers are producing pollen at the exact same time, youre going to get a greater concentration of pollen in the air.”