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Experts offer tips to beat cedar fever

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This past weekend Austin saw some of the highest cedar levels in over a decade and Monday's pollen levels hit an uncomfortable high.

This pollen video was taken by Bob Jett at Lake Austin over the weekend. You can see the pollen every time he hits a tree with his fishing pole.

"I can't stop rubbing my eyes," said Dean Clement, an allergy sufferer.

Manish Kumar said, "My throat, especially the drainage here, which is worst, and sometimes it is hard to breathe a lot."

This year might be one of the worst cedar years we've seen in a decade.

"When I got to Texas, they told me the Cedar would catch up to me and it did," said Dean.

Clement says it's all about managing his symptoms at this point.

"I take Flonase and Allegra and that seems to help keep me in check," said Clement.

Manish Kumar is pretty sure he's developed cedar allergies.

Kumar said, "Claritin that is what I usually take. That is what helps."

"They're gonna have runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and a lot of uncontrollable sneezing," said Dr. Christopher Lewis, with St. David's Round Rock Medical Center. "It can even interfere with their sleep at night, so patients might have a lot of irritability, maybe decreased ability to do their jobs appropriately."

He says to try and shower at night so you don't dump the day's pollen into your bed.

Lewis said, "Physicians can use things like nasal spray that have steroids in them and even when it gets really bad, I have patients that have to use oral steroids."

Kimberly Fontenot, with People's Pharmacy, says it's becoming harder to keep their shelves fully stocked.

Fontenot added, "What we're doing is calling another store, which makes them short, so then we start ordering a lot. This is the "Cedar Fever Drops." We carry the drops and the spray. We're currently out of the spray, we just have the drops left, but it works great. Adult dose is four drops into a teaspoon of water and you can do that under a tongue as needed, until the symptoms subside and for a child you just do half the dose."

If you're running out of ideas, here's what the professionals are doing.

"I am totally into the cedar fever drops...and then, my two top favorites, the Cedar Serum and the Cedar X," said Fontenot. "That's the combination that works for me."

"I take an antihistamine. I'll take a nasal steroid and then I'll take a nasal decongestant," added Lewis.

At this point, the pollen count is so high, medical professionals say all you can do is manage your symptoms.

It's called "cedar fever," but running a fever isn't a usual symptom. If you're running a high temperature, you may want to go get a check-up.

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