Oklahoma Sees High Cedar Allergy Index

Thursday, December 24th 2020, 7:10 am
By: Katelyn Ogle

Oklahomans may be experiencing Cedar Fever, an allergic reaction with symptoms that can mimic the flu and COVID-19.

The most recent Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic Pollen and Mold Report shows the cedar index is high. The Texas A&M Forest Service said that’s because of the allergic reactions caused by the mountain cedar trees releasing pollen.

Okla. Allergy & Asthma Clinic

The service said the cedar tree’s favorite time to release the pollen is after a cold front. That’s when the air dries out, the pressure is different, and every pollen cone on a Juniper tree will open around the same time.

It can cause an effect that looks like the tree is on fire and smoking.

Pollen on TreeImage Provided By: From Texas A&M Forest Service

The service said even if you’re not allergic to pollen, the particles are so concentrated it can still affect you.

This has recently been a big problem in the Arbuckle Mountains and Central Texas. Our News 9 weather team said Wednesday’s strong winds from the south carried the plumes through Oklahoma.

Cedar Fever Vs. COVID

Some of the Cedar Fever symptoms can be mistaken for COVID-19, like aches and pains, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, loss of smell and even a fever.

The forestry service reports Cedar Fever patients rarely get a high fever of 101.5F like many COVID-19 patients.