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Ways to Combat Cedar Fever
Austin is considered the "Live Music Capitol of the World." But some allergy sufferers call it the "Allergy Capitol of the World."
Austin residents like Edgar Perry has battled cedar fever his entire life.
"To me it's always been a plague all of my life," Perry said. "It’s miserable; allergies are miserable. I don't like to be around me and other people don't like to be around me because you’re coughing and they think you are contagious."
But Perry loves Austin too much to let cedar fever get in the way, so he does everything he can to combat those pesky pollens.
"Austin is a wonderful place to live if you don't have allergies," Perry said.
Doctors at Scott and White Hospital in Round Rock said Perry is one of thousands in Austin suffering from cedar pollen allergies. Tobleman said seven out of 10 people suffer from allergies, and especially in the winter months allergy symptoms can easily be mistaken with influenza.
"The biggest difference is fever," Tobleman said. "You can have a lot of the same symptoms you can have the sore throat you can have the runny nose itching eyes. One thing people do wrong is they don't limit their exposure."
To go along with limiting exposure to the outdoors, Dr. Tobleman also recommended changing bed sheets as often as possible.
"These pollens get stuck in your hair, and if you go to bed without washing your hair those pollens are going to get into your pillow case," Tobleman said.