When Cedar Fever Becomes Emergent
It’s that time of year again, folks. Not time for another extreme ice wave, no. It’s Cedar time, when the beautiful trees are spreading their unique pollen, and allergy sufferers of central Texas are the biggest victims. These trees make for beautiful landscape, but how can you keep your family safe from their seasonal scourge?
Join us, as Kyle ER helps with some advice to give your sinuses some relief, and as we let you know the signs that your Cedar Fever might have turned into something worse.
MASSAGE THE SINUSES:
While this simple, home remedy might seem basic, a little bit of TLC for your sinus passages can make a lot of difference. Your lymphatic system is made up of nodes and vessels inside your body which help your immune system. Massaging your sinuses can help your lymphatic system to drain itself out, which will ultimately give you some allergy relief. Check out some local spas to see if they feature any specialty lymphatic or sinus drainage massages.
NASAL IRRIGATION DEVICES:
By now, we’ve all seen Neti pots and their variations out there on the market. These nasal irrigators can be a little strange to use for the first time, but they can provide near instant relief from sinus pressure and is gentle enough to use multiple times a day.
PROBIOTICS & ANTIOXIDANTS:
Eat foods with high antioxidants (like blueberries) and probiotics (like some yogurts). These snacks are great boosts to your immune system and can help your body to fight against Cedar Fever’s symptoms.
The cliché is true. Spicy food can induce runny noses and help to thin out the mucus in your sinus passages as you eat it. This can offer some momentary relief, but it isn’t always a good long-term treatment. So please don’t inhale wasabi or try to eat nothing but serrano peppers for a week. But having a little bit in your dinner can help to loosen things up.
DON’T COUNT ON LOCAL HONEY:
Now, eating local honey is a good method to help your body overcome seasonal allergies. With trace amounts of your allergen in the honey itself, your body has the opportunity to digest it and grow accustomed to it in your system, which can lessen the effects of allergies. But local honey can only do this for a pollen types that are distributed by bees. Cedar, unfortunately, is not distributed by bees. So there will never be cedar pollen in your local honey. It won’t be a safe remedy for Cedar Fever.
Now, with all of these tips in place, you might be able to avoid the worst of this year’s Cedar Fever. Some extra relief can go a long way when it comes to managing allergies, but sometimes home remedies aren’t enough. High sinus pressure and swelling can sometimes go beyond just allergies. In these cases, it is important to seek medical attention from a physician, or if you’re in emergency need, come straight to an ER. Here are some of the symptoms associated with a sinus infection, which you’ll need to watch out for:
- Severe dehydration
- Severe headache
- Pain and swelling behind eyes and along the cheeks
- Thick yellow or green mucus
- A fever
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms during Cedar Fever season, it is advised that you see a physician or an ER, like Kyle ER. Your allergies might be manageable at home, but a sinus infection may not. Our 24/7 freestanding ER is always open to help your Cedar Fever become just a little bit of Cedar Sniffles.
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