Treating Cedar Allergies

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Cedar allergies are difficult to manage in certain areas, like Texas or mountainous areas. Treat your own cedar allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I'm here today to talk to you about cedar allergies. Well cedar allergies are a big problem especially in the Rocky Mountain States and Texas. So much so that they often talk about cedar fever. The time of year when that happens is usually in December, January, February, earlier than other pollens and the allergic part of the tree is the fertilizing part or the reproductive part. What happens is that it gets airborne and then it settles in your nose and it causes symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, post nasal drip, sinus problems, coughing, wheezing, the whole gamut. When people say cedar fever they're talking about feeling sick in general. Now in terms of what to do for it, one thing would be to decrease exposure so especially in season you might want to have the windows of your home closed. Pollens tend to be higher in the early morning and also higher on warm sunny days so those are especially days when you want to be indoors or at least have your home closed off so that you have less of a problem. In terms of treatment for it, you can use over-the-counter medications. The ones that work the best are probably the oral antihistamines and there is a few to choose from. Now if that's not working well there are prescriptive medicines. You have prescriptive antihistamines and then you have prescriptive other medications, medications that are called leukotriene antagonists and also you have nasal sprays. You have nasal sprays of the cortisone family and of the antihistamine family. Sometimes we use two or three different things together to try to get you under good control. People sometimes also will use eye drops for their eye symptoms or if they have respiratory or asthma symptoms they might use an inhaler. These are all different ways to treat. A lot of people though are very frustrated with cedar allergy and they want to get treatment in a different form and they want to get treatment in a different form and some of them will get allergy immunotherapy or allergy shots to make them less allergic. You are given a little bit of what you're allergic to initially and eventually you're given a lot of what you're allergic to. Instead of being allergic you're more immune and you can handle the problem more directly so it's more so trying to treat the whole problem not just covering the symptoms. I'm Dr. Robert Eithces. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I talked to you today about cedar allergies. Thank you.

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