Category Archives: Mountain Cedar

Sam’s Club Event!

ImmuneTech partnered with Sam’s Club to provide screenings for customers in their stores. Check out these photos from the Lithonia, GA store! To order your at-home allergy test kit, click here.

Free Allergy Screenings!

Free allergy screenings will be available from 11am-3pm on September 24th using ImmuneTech’s Allergy Test at Giant Eagle Grocery Store locations, sponsored by Giant Eagle and Allegra.

Check to see if there is a location near you. If there is not a free screening in your area, you click to order your low-cost allergy test. Use discount code “ILG” at checkout for 15% off!

4300 Kent Road, State Route 59, Stow, OH 44224, (330) 686-7829

6493 Strip Avenue N.W., North, Canton, OH 44720, (330) 497-7902

351 Center Street, Chardon, OH 44024, (440) 286-4949

8515 Tanglewood Square, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, (440) 543-5144

2201 Kresge Drive, Amherst, OH 44001, (440) 282-7614

4747 Sawmill Road, Columbus, OH 43220, (614) 923-0475

873 Refugee Road, Pickerington, OH 43147, (614) 866-3693

344 Goucher Street, Johnstown, PA 15905, (814) 288-6918

4010 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146, (412) 372-1220

1671 Butler Plank Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116, (412) 961-0614

4007 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 941-7220

9880 Olde US 20, Rossford, OH 43460-1716, (419) 874-2415

100 N Main Street, DuBois, PA 15801, (814) 375-3708

Havoc causing trees!

Often we think of trees as our friends, living things, a natural companion to humans. Trees put oxygen back into the air. They are beautiful to see and hear the wind rustle through the branches. They provide shade and windbreaks. Trees are a small part of nature that is easy to enjoy. However, for a cedar allergy sufferer, not all trees are your friends!

The University of Tulsa says cedar is “one of the most potent allergens in the United States.” Mountain cedar is a type of juniper tree found mainly in South and Central Texas that pollinates in the winter, from December through March.

Other parts of the United States have related species of cedar, juniper, and cypress trees that cause springtime allergies. For example, Western red cedar and Eastern red cedar pollinate in March and April.

Because pollen is so similar within this family of trees, a person who is allergic to mountain cedar pollen will also be allergic to pollen from juniper and cypress trees. Twenty-five percent of the people in areas with mountain cedar suffer from its pollen 25% of the year.

During pollination season, mountain cedar produce cones that simultaneously burst open upon optimal temperature and humidity conditions, releasing huge “clouds” of pollen.

Photo by Katrina C.M.

Tiny, light, buoyant cedar pollen granules can infiltrate the air and travel for long distances. These qualities also make them easy for humans to inhale and then trigger allergy and asthma heath effects.

Cedar allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, postnasal drip, facial pain, headache, fatigue, sore throat, and ear congestion. These symptoms may be severe enough to cause loss of sleep and poor concentration, which then affects work, school, or other important activities.

Wondering what to do about cedar allergies? First, get tested to determine if the symptoms really are caused by cedar allergy. Then, symptoms can then be managed with antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroid drugs. Allergy injections, or immunotherapy, also successfully treat allergies to cedar pollen by reducing patients’ sensitivity levels over the long-term. Consult with an allergist for a personalized treatment solution.

For references and additional information, check out the following pages:

http://allergies.about.com/od/fa1/f/cedarfever.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/228137-allergies-to-cedar/

http://www.peopleagainstcedars.com/

Photo credit: http://bittersweet-charm.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html