How to manage cedar pollen allergies in Central Texas – ADC

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Cedar Fever
Patient Education with Dr. John Villacis DR. JOHN VILLACIS>>Right now we are in the Circle
C area. This is our new clinic at The Austin Diagnostic
Clinic. Here in Central Texas, the winter season is
usually the cedar season, so between the months of December to February it’s mountain cedar
season. So this is the infamous cedar tree. It comes in different sizes, and the time
frame usually it starts pollinating around the third fourth week of December at high
levels. And then is usually lasts until the second
or third week of February. Every year is a little different. It really depends on the type of weather we
get. The more rain we get in the fall sometimes
the more loaded these plants are. If it rains a lot in the winter we don’t
see to have as much or if it’s really cold we don’t seem to have much of a pollen season. So every year is bad. It really depends on how bad it turns into. There is something about the mountain cedar
pollen that is very allergenic. When you compare the allergy in this city
of mountain cedar versus oak versus, even, cat and dog, there’s something really potent
about the pollen of the mountain cedar. It tends to cause a lot more allergy than
most. And we just have quite a bit of it here. We have probably the highest concentration
of mountain cedar – certainly in the US – is probably here in Central Texas. Every December through February patients come
in with itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congestion – all the classic… even
asthma symptoms. And they’re absolutely miserable. INTERVIEWER>>What can people do? I mean, is there anything that can be done? DR. JOHN VILLACIS>>It’s hard. I mean, that’s the billion dollar question
– why do people develop allergies in the first place? I mean there’s a lot of theories behind
as to why that happens. But the problem is one you have allergies,
you tend to keep allergies. It’s basically knowing that you’re allergic
to something, starting allergy medications before the season hits – so I usually advise
patients to start medicines a couple of weeks before the season typically hits – and then
stay on it for the duration of the season. Try to stay indoors if you can, and then you
can try to get off the medications one the season is over. In general, there’s three major ways that
we treat allergies. One is avoidance, if you can do it. It’s hard, but we can try. Number two is medications, and there’s all
kinds of medicines out there now that are helpful. And number three is allergy shots. And allergy shots are very effective for the
treatment of allergies in general. It doesn’t always mean complete resolution,
but usually significant improvement.

2 thoughts on “How to manage cedar pollen allergies in Central Texas – ADC

  1. I am a sufferer of allergies, and I have been wondering what is triggering all my allergy symptoms so fast. Thanks, ADC!!

  2. Moved to TX 4 months ago. Originally thought I was coming down with something until I heard from a colleague about Juniper trees. Yep, pollen[dot].com had Dallas as 10.1/12. Not too excited but it is what it is. :/

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