To Everyone With Allergies

June 2, 2011

Culture

I am surrounded by sneezers. They are everywhere. I’d read in my local news story that the pollen count was astronomical this year, and that poor folks with allergies were suffering like Job. But HOLY COW it seems like 85% of the population is sneezing, sniffling and leaving behind great clouds of soggy Kleenex in mounded trails all over the place. It’s getting a *little* out of hand. :brudder:

Of all the people I know, more than half of them have allergies. The only nice thing about allergies is the amazing camaraderie wherever I go. People are amazingly talkative about their allergies– unheard of for my “frozen chosen” location of New York State, where people are known for their chilly disposition. Yet OUT OF THE BLUE people will just start talking. Yeah ok, the conversations ARE about their allergies, but heck– they’re actually friendly in between sneezes! I took a few kids to an eye appointment the other day, and one of the young ladies went ON and ON about her and her husband and her son’s allergies. Her streams of dialogues extended our appointment by at least 20 minutes, I’d say. I know almost everything about her and her family’s allergies. Gee, if their doctor needs any information, give me a call… But she was wonderfully friendly, despite her plugged nose, nasally voice and intermittent achoos. Poor lady!

I don’t have allergies. It’s a miracle. I’m allergic to nothing. Well, except black fly bites (nasty things). I grew up amongst a bunch of sneezers, but me– nope. I got the good genes, I guess (at least the non-allergy DNA). I can thoroughly snuff the undercoats of cats and dogs and tree catkins until they’re all bald, and my nose is just fine. My husband and my son have allergies, though. I spend a FORTUNE on Kleenex for these guys, every spring. They owe me, I tell ya. And Claritin? What a crock. If you have allergies, does Claritin REALLY work for you, or is it all a bunch of hype?

Well, anyway, it’s allergy season. I hope it’s over soon because the landfills are filling up MIGHTY fast with Kleenex – not to mention my home’s wastebaskets. :blink:

Here’s my sincerest sympathies to all you sneezers out there: Only 6 more months til winter! Hang in there!

funny pictures - Note 2 self:    no sneez in whipped creme.

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7 Responses to “To Everyone With Allergies”

  1. blueyes Says:

    I used to use Seldane Y E A R S ago before they took it off the market. That stuff worked for me. Tried Allegra before it was readily available OTC, Claritin, Zyrtec, you name it. None of that stuff works FULLY but since I can get a 30-day supply of Claritin for $2 here at the hosp I take it daily to help alleviate SOME of the allergies. I’m still constantly blowing my nose and coughing pretty much year round though.

  2. Rick Short Says:

    I have NEVER had an allergic reaction to ANYTHING (over 50 years) … until this Spring. On two separate days (yesterday being one of them) I had all the symptoms – to the max! It only lasts 1 day (today I am fine) for me, but it is NO FUN! So, I guess I DO have some sort of allergy, and I guess it takes EXTREME conditions to activate it.

    I am now very sympathetic to those with frequent reactions, and grateful to almost never have the reaction myself.

  3. Mike Says:

    Haha! Yeah, I got allergies bad. After mowing part of a fully blooming field, I came back with a hugely swollen eye. I looked like I got into a fight with an atheist and lost. XD But, yeah, gone through a box of tissues all by my lonesome so far. Not enjoying the pollen, but surely enjoying the weather. šŸ™‚

  4. lin Says:

    We don’t have allergies, but my brother did growing up. And while I felt bad for him, I sure grew tired of all that sneezing all the time. It was very annoying.

  5. Rena Says:

    I am an allergy sufferer too, blahhhhh!!!! I also get asthma attacks along with it, blahhhh!!!

    Claritin does work somewhat, it does make me feel better enough to be able to sleep. Otherwise, I can’t sleep because I can’t stop coughing and dealing with the nasal/chest congestion.

    This year is a bad one for us allergy sufferers, however I don’t miss the snow!!!

  6. chris Says:

    I’ve had allergies all my life and it wasn’t until my eczema got out of control that I started investigating natural remedies. Of everything I’ve tried, boosting my immune system through probiotics has worked the best. Not only has my eczema gotten under control finally, but a side benefit was I noticed my nasal allergies have basically gone away. I no longer need my over the counter stuff during allergy season. So my advice to allergy suffers, eat more yogurt or take a probiotic supplement – it will do wonders for you.

  7. bingkaycoy Says:

    After so many years here in the US, it’s just this year that I develop allergies from pollen. It sucks because there are times I sneeze and blow my nose until my nose feels like bursting….hehehe!
    Anyway, Rebecca, I included your blog in my blogroll….please do check it out on my blog.