According to our recent poll, at least 64% of you catch cedar fever symptoms at least some years, and you were very generous with your survival tips. As for the 29% of you who never have symptoms — consider yourself lucky.
Cedar pollen tends to peak from January-February, so now’s the time to strap in for the long haul. We’re not doctors, so remember these tips aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice.
Over-the-counter medications 💊
- Most readers said they prefer a daily antihistamine like Zyrtec or Claritin, which they start taking around November before symptoms start to flare up.
- Many readers also cited success with nasal sprays and allergy drops.
Allergy shots 💉
- Securing the second most recommendations behind antihistamines, 10% of you swear by getting allergy shots.
At-home treatments 🧽
- Keep your home as clean and free of pollen as possible by wiping down pets, changing clothes, and/or bathing after extended periods of time outside.
- Using a nasal rinse and taking hot showers can help soothe congestion.
- For the few of you that cope through leaving town or “complaining” — I felt that.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it may be time to see a doctor if none of these treatments work and symptoms persist.