How to survive cedar fever, according to readers

Don’t sniffle in silence — try these tips from fellow readers.

A close up on a cedar branch.

Due to the ongoing drought, cedar pollen counts are expected to be slightly lower than usual.

Photo by Adam Kring

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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.

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