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Cedar season is coming

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Those who suffer from cedar allergies had better beware. Pollination is about to begin.

That means many people will start sneezing, sniffling and suffering from itchy eyes and headaches. It is called cedar fever.

However, people do not have to suffer.

Looking across the landscape in Central Texas it is pretty hard not to see mountain cedar trees. These native plants can cause some pretty ugly symptoms for those who suffer from cedar allergies.

Dr. John Villacis with the Austin Diagnostic Clinic says it's just a matter of days before cedar pollen begins to fly through the air.

Cedar season is usually between right around the third week of December until the second week of February," Villacis said.

There is still a little bit of time before cedar season. Dr. Villacis said that means people have a few days to take some steps that could make you feel a little better this cedar season.

"What I've been telling patients right now is they should start the medication early so they should be on their nasal sprays, they should be on the antihistamines now. Even though the levels aren't that high right now, go ahead and start it and just continue until about the second week of February."

Mountain cedar, which is actually part of the juniper family, will be the culprit behind more than half of the patients Dr. Villacis sees over the next few months.

However, the allergy specialist adds it's important to know the difference between allergies and other illnesses that often occur during this time of year, such colds and flu.

"If you're having fever, if you're having thicker green mucus from the nose, if you're having a sore throat that may be more of an infection versus allergy."

Other tips that may help alleviate the allergy suffering include changing your air filter and bathing your pets, especially if they go outside. They can carry the cedar pollen back into your home.

If you suspect you're suffering from allergies, there are several treatments available, from over the counter medications to prescriptions and allergy shots...

It is recommended you consult your doctor before beginning a treatment plan.

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