Mountain Cedar trees create allergy problems for thousands of people each winter. However, there are some things one can do to help eliminate the symptoms and keep reactions to a minimum.
Some of the normal symptoms of mountain cedar allergies are an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, nasal blockage, excess tearing and itchy eyes. There also may be an irritating cough and headache. The allergy is at its peak from December through March when the male cedar tree is producing pollen and it is dispersed in the air. It is only the male tree that causes the problem as they female tree produces berries and not the reddish brown cones that disperse the pollen.
Those living near mountain cedar trees will often say that you can tell when cedar’s reach their peak for exposure as a white smoke can be seen in the air much like a morning fog. This smoke happens when the cedar cones distribute the pollen. If one listens and watches closely there is a popping sound heard followed quickly by a puff of smoke rising from the tree. In areas of heavy cedar concentration the mountains look they are engulfed in a white smokey haze.
The most practical thing for sufferers to do is to avoid exposure to pollen as much possible like staying indoors when the pollen is at its peak, washing exposed clothing, and pets and showering before bed to reduce time exposure to the pollen. Other suggested ideas to help reduce exposure is to install a quality HEPA filter in your home, to cover vents with cheese cloths to trap the dust, to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and to dust regularly with a damp cloth to pick up any mountain cedar residue.
To reduce exposure it is also suggested that one remove the male trees from their surroundings and replace them with other less harmful species such as hemlocks, elm or ash.
If you consider trimming down these trees to somehow reduce the branches it is not a wise move. The shape of this tree changes and it can no longer return to its majestic look. If you prune the mountain cedar trees they become weaker at the top most portions so they become susceptible to pest infestations. These infestations can come in the form of web worms that can feed on the leaves making it collect dust so that the tree looks dirty. This can cause hazard to your property aside from the cedar fever. The good news is that nature has a balancing act by allowing the rains to wash it out so be sure to look forward to the rains as your greatest weapon against the effect of mountain cedar pollens.
Mountain cedar allergies are at their worst for only one season of the year, winter. However during that time cedars cause extreme discomfort from those suffering from the allergy and end up sending many people to their physician for their yearly check up.
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