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Cedar Fever: Why You Suddenly Started Feeling Lousy

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DALLAS--There's a lotta sneezin' and snifflin' going around these days. But even though it's January, you might not have a cold.

What you have might be Cedar Fever, or at least a case of allergies.

It's caused by mountain cedar. You might have heard those trees called ashe juniper, post cedar or blueberry juniper.

Whatever you call them, Central Texas is full of them, and they're releasing their evil pollen this time of year.

All it takes is a bit of wind to send it straight to our sinuses here in North Texas.

"The more southern wind we receive in Dallas, the higher the pollen count gets," Dr. Alfred Johnson said.

And it happens quickly. Remember last friday when we had nice, clean, cedar-free air? gmq9z
The mountain cedar count jumped to 542 on Saturday and 674 by Monday.

Dr. Jeffrey Adelglass posts the pollen count every day. Here's the month of January, so far.

Over the counter medicines, like antihistamines, can give you a little relief from occasional allergies. If you've got it really bad, you gotta go with prevention.

"Many of my patients are on allergy shots which helps boost their resistance to the mountain cedar," Dr. Johnson said.

But the best thing for now is to stay inside, away from the pollen, 'til the air clears.

And keep some tissue handy.