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How To Fight Cedar Fever in Austin

February 3, 2017

Every year, January marks the start of something terrible. No, not the new year, but the beginning of cedar fever season. Some Austinites suffer in silence, while others make sure everyone knows of their misery. But you can be sure that both silent sufferers and verbal complainers have spent hours searching the internet for both modern and ancient remedies that promise relief.

One of the worst aspects of cedar fever, besides the sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose, is that it seems to affect Austinities on beautiful breezy and sunny days. It forces those who love to be outdoors, whether it’s hiking or happy hour on the patio on an usually warm day in February, to retreat indoors. Unfortunately, the home offers little protection. You can diligently swap your pillow cases and wash your face and rinse out your eyes and nose after every outing as the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin recommends, but it doesn’t offer complete relief.

As for over-the-counter remedies, Texas Med Clinic recommends antihistamines or decongestants in pill, spray or eye drop form or nasal irrigation as a drug-free remedy to help control symptoms. Those who see little improvement with over-the-counter solutions often turn to an oral or nasal corticosteroid prescription, which is typically a last resort.

To alleviate cedar fever suffering inside the home, it is recommended to run your air conditioning unit and change your filter often when allergens are high. You may even purchase a portable air purifier to help cleanse the air in a living or bedroom. While these steps are helpful in order to filtrate the pollen out, we offer an additional tool in your arsenal. The Lennox PureAir™ Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that addresses three types of indoor air pollutants: chemical odors and vapors, germs and bacteria, and airborne particles (i.e. cedar pollen). The PureAir™ Air Purification System filters out more than 95% particles down to .3 micron.

Unfortunately, the PureAir™ Air Purification System can’t protect you from cedar fever while you’re outside, but it will help you breathe easier in the comfort of your own home. And from one cedar fever sufferer to another… it’s worth it. We’re happy to make a trip out to assess your current HVAC system and advise how to improve your total home comfort – just give us a call at (512) 261-3530 for our Lakeway office or (512) 863-3530 for our Georgetown office.

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