Bob Ratliff Blog: January 2014

Cedar Fever is back with a Vengeance for Central Texans

Cedar Fever 2014 is back with a vengeance for allergy suffers in Central Texas.

Cedar Pollen in Texas is usually from mid December through early February and with the abundant summer/fall rains the trees have replenished their evil side with one of the largest predicted years for 2014 Cedar pollen season. With the cool damp nights and early sunshine the pollen can be seen exploding from the male trees; appearing to be a smoking tree and causing Texan to run for cover.

Inhaling Cedar pollen from the male cedar trees called (mountain Juniper) can cause what is known as cedar fever because it affects our bodies with symptoms similar to a cold. Cedar Fever is misnomer. You don’t actually get a true fever, even though the inflammation of your allergies may slightly raise your temperature. It is not an infection. Many people experience an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, nasal blockage, excess tearing and itchy eyes, also known as Hay Fever. Others complain of itching of the palate, throat, or ears, and post nasal drainage. Some experience fatigue, mild headache, facial discomfort, sore throat, partial loss of sense of smell, and sensation of ear plugging. If these symptoms persist they can eventually lead to infections of the sinuses, and even make eczema and or asthma worsen which is what happens yearly to me.

(Ashe juniper) the female trees have tiny blue-berries and they don’t explode.

Cedar Trees grow to a maximum height of approximately 30 feet on the limestone plateaus of central Texas around Austin, and in smaller favorable areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Cedar Trees pull about 33 gallons of water per day from the soil if possible and most Texans would love to eradicate this trouble maker.

If you survive the next two weeks of Cedar Pollen and your considering buying or selling real estate in the Cedar Park, Leander or Northwest Austin area I welcome the opportunity to consult with you about our many beautiful communities located in Williamson and Travis county.

 

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