Allergies

Mold Or Cedar Allergy Symptoms

cedar1A study established that 55% of Americans suffered from one or more types of allergies. Mold or cedar allergy is definitely a well established cause of suffering in a lot of people.

Cedar allergy

symptoms arise from exposure to the pollen of  trees like the regional Western Red Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar or Mountain cedar found in the South Central United States. In addition, the pollen from the non native species like Japanese and Atlas cedar also adds to the misery of the allergy sufferers.

Unlike other tree pollen, mountain cedar pollen is released from the trees in the winter months. This problem is especially grave in the state of Texas. The mountain cedar tree grows naturally and is the most allergy causing tree in Central Texas.

 

How Cedar Allergy is caused?

The otherwise harmless protein in the cedar pollen can wreak havoc in some individuals. The body perceives the protein as a threat and reacts by producing antibodies known as IgE. These antibodies react and bind with the protein and cause the body to release histamine from the mast cells of the gut, pharynx and skin. Histamine is the main culprit behind the adverse physical reactions experienced by the body.

Symptoms of Cedar Fever

    • Itching :

      An itching sensation in the eyes, throat, ear canal, pharynx and skin is one of the first indications of the rising histamine levels in the body.

    • Eye Symptoms:

      Red, itchy and watery eyes is one of the most noticeable symptoms of this type of allergy.

    • Skin Rashes:

      Skin rashes are extremely common. Red, itchy welts appear in clusters with predefined edges as in hives and urticaria.

    • Angioedema:

      The blood vessels may dilate due to the excess histamine in the blood. The result is the inflammation of the eyes, nasal passage, oral cavity, throat and pharynx.

 

    • Respiratory distress:

      The inflammation can block airways causing wheezing, shortness of breath, tight chestedness and eventually progress towards asthma. Inhalation of the cedar pollen when the count is high causes the allergic rhinitis symptoms. Rhinitis symptoms are essentially associated with the nose and eye problems and excess mucous production. Sinuses get inflamed and filled with mucous causing the congestion. Such conditions are also associated with excessive sneezing which is a  way of releasing the built up histamine in the body.

 

    • Throat Irritation:

      The mucous accumulation as in allergic rhinitis can result in the draining of mucous down the throat. It can cause irritation in the throat along with symptoms like coughing and sore throat.

 

    • Low Blood Pressure:

      The hay fever or cedar fever can cause a drop in the blood pressure, mostly because of aggravated respiratory symptoms.

 

    • Pain and Weakness:

      Feeling dizzy, having a hazy vision, headaches, body pain and general fatigue is often associated with cedar allergy symptoms.

 

    • Anaphylaxis:

      An extreme reaction to the allergen causing hyperventilation, severe abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, confusion, light headedness and loss of consiousness.

 

Treatment of Cedar Fever

  • Antihistamines are used to treat symptoms of rhinitis and other respiratory problems. Easily available over the counter drugs like Claritin, Allegra can bring immense relief.
  • Decongestants can also provide long term relief. However, decongestants are not meant for prolonged use.
  • A combination of antihistamine and decongestant is also very effective in subsiding symptoms.
  • In case of anaphylaxis, an immediate shot of epinephrine needs to be administered.

Prevention of Cedar Allergy

  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Go out always with a pollen mask and protective glasses.
  • Install a HEPA enabled air filter in the house to filter away the allergens.
  • Change the air conditioning filter often to keep away the accumulated pollen. Otherwise, cover air conditioning vents with cheese cloth to keep away the allergens.
  • After being outdoors for a long time, take a shower and change clothes to keep away pollens sticking to clothes and hair.
  • Pets may bring the pollen indoors. Bathe pets often and keep them away from your bedroom.
  • Bring down the male cedar trees in your yard.
  • Keep vehicles and outdoor furniture covered to prevent the pollen from sticking to open surfaces.

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