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Cedar Wood Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I think I have a pine allergy and the environment I work in I am around saw dust from pine wood. Is there anything I can take to lessen my symptoms?
Yes: Asthmatics have a varied amount of triggers. For some people, extreme cold will bring on symptoms. For others, smoke could bring on symptoms. For people who get worse with smoke, wood furnaces could pose a problem. ...Read more
Yes: The lungs require humidified air to function at their best. Wood burning furnaces are both very dry heat and can sometimes produce irritating smoke or fumes that irritate the lung. Some are not as sensitive to this effect than others and some furnaces are better designed & produce less irritation than others. Many electrical furnaces have an attached humidifier to help with this issue. ...Read more
If I am always stuffy and congested after being outdoors near the woods and river, then it goes away next day- does this mean I have allergies?
Most likely: But only testing to the allergens can confirm what allergens are really ailing you. ...Read more
Allergy blood tests negative for all outdoor allergens, but every time I go in woods and by river, I wake up next morning stuffy & feel yucky. Why?
Which test?: There are four different ways to test for allergies. Some ways are more accurate than others. Perhaps you had one of the less accurate allergy tests. Did you consult with an allergist? Was it a blood test or skin test? ...Read more
Always stuffy/congested after being outdoors in woods, etc. All blood allergy tests negative for basic environmental allergens. So what does it mean?
Stuffy nose: You are allergic to something they are not testing ...Read more
Severe symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, sneezing caused by wood dust allergy. Is antihistamines the best drug to treat this symptoms?
YES: And also nasal rinse with normal saline. ...Read more
Cedar.: Cedar symptoms are the same as any other inhalent allergy. If you are asthmatic, it may cause asthma, it may cause nasal or eye allergies just like ragweed. It does not cause a fever unless there is a complication. Sometimes cedar allergic patients have problems with other similar trees such as christmas boughs or trees. A tip off is that it affects patients in the winter months. ...Read more
Cedar trees/shrubs: Cedars grow as small shrubs or trees and are in the genera juniperus. They are important sources of pollen leading to allergic rhinitis and occasionally asthma. In parts of texas, mountain cedar is notorious for producing enormous amounts of pollen. Eastern red cedar (virginia juniper) occurs throughout the eastern states. Western red cedar causes occupational asthma due to plicatic acid. ...Read more
I've not: Seen any scientific proof that shows this to be true. ...Read more
I need help with diagnosing my wife's bedroom allergies! Could it be the cedar closets in our new home?
Cedar: Cedar is a late fall, winter and early spring problem in many states. If meds are ineffective orally, I would try a mix of intranasal anithistamines and steroids. Oral or injectables should be saved for emergencies. Remember allergy is genetic and only immunotherapy can rebuild your system. I found that allergy shots help my patients. ...Read more
Look for fever: Fever, chills, and colored drainage are more typical of common cold symptoms. They generally last for 3-5 days. Mountain cedar allergy is commmon in the spring of the year. Depending on pollen counts, people can have lots of clear drainage, runny nose, and sneezing. Fever and chills are not seen, and symptoms can last for weeks. ...Read more
How do you know the difference between mountain cedar allergy symptoms and those of the common cedar?
You don't: And can't find out without testing. There is some cross reactivity withost if not all cedars. ...Read more
I stay at a house on weekends that has cedar paneling as the ceiling. I have trouble breathing there. I have asthma. Could I be allergic to cedar wood?
Not the wood: Rather could be the molds, keep taking your asthma medicines, the ongoing and the rescue ones as prescribed, better see or follow up with an allergist/Immunologist for evaluation, advice on environmental control and probably need for specific immunotherapy. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
5yr old eos%- 9.0%, eos. 6K/UL rest of CBC normal. Has mild food and dust, cedar allergies worried if this is cancer how high is eos in kids cancer?
Reactive: Eosinophilia, for a reason, being allergic, absolute count is bit high, but not more than 600 cells/cubic ml, the cut off point to be considered as eosinophilic disorder (not in your case). Don't worry, follow up with your doctor, ? will need to repeat the count later and treat his allergies if symptomatic, best wishes ...Read more
Went to dr on mon due congestion. Diagnosis allergies due to cedar. Told to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) sinus & claritin. Yesterday afternoon lost voice & green phlegm?
Need more: You need to get a nasal steroid +/- a nasal antihistamine plus some allergy eye drops. Although green mucus does not always indicate the presence of an infection, it may be worthwhile for you to see your doctor to rule out a sinus infection. If your symptoms are that severe from cedar, you may consider an allergy work-up as well to prepare for the next season. Good luck. ...Read more
I have pretty severe hayfever. I recently relocated to San Antonio TX, which is one of the allergy capitals of the US. I have visited here for many years in the Fall, and have noticed a bad reaction to Mountain Cedar - bad headaches, sore throat, itchy
Very common as it's: High pollen count make many people feel sick there. Make sure you have a HEPA filter at home, and change your filter in your car too if you drive a lot. Take shower when you get home, and wash hair, put clothes in sealed hamper (basically decontaminate when you get in), leave jacket, shoes at door to keep your indoor environment clean and restful. May need to take OTC allergy pills to help too. ...Read more
I have cedar allergies no allergy medicine controls. Symptoms increased to constant post nasal drip w/sore throat. Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold won't help. Can't sleep?
Not much: Life is meant to be lived and (I would hope) to be enjoyed. Staying away from a nice bonfire because you're super-scrupulous about inhaling a tiny amount of smoke just isn't worth it. You can't go through life shunning everything that might contain something that might irritate you or have some nasty something in it. Embrace life. ...Read more