I sneeze all year long, particularly in the fall. Ragweed and Goldenrod are NOT my friends.
Neither is freshly cut grass, dust, or pollenating trees in the spring.
How do I deal with it? Muscinex has become my best friend, since it cuts down on the sinus drainage. I also probably should have bought stock in Puffs or Kleenex as soon as I was old enough, since my family goes through at least six boxes (or more!) a month.
I’m also highly sensitive to Benadryl. The little pink and white capsules are fine (but hard to find anymore), but if I take one of the pink TABLETS, I’m guaranteed an hour or so nap within twenty minutes. Same with non-drowsy (HA!) Sudafed. Yes, psuedephrine knocks me OUT!
Sometimes, when doing outdoor events, my nose simply itches uncontrollably. Most annoying when I’m trying to talk to people and I have to keep rubbing one side of my nose, or even reaching for a tissue. I get flashbacks to my elementary days, when I was teased unmercilessly for my constant runny nose, and the not-so-nice names I was called.
Allergies haven’t been so bad since I’ve moved into town. When we lived in the country, I would get secondary sinus infections every March. Trust me, if I’m voluntarily putting ice on my forehead to kill the pain, there’s a problem festering inside my sinuses! Fortunately, I was blessed with a doctor who listened to me, and would call in a prescription, instead of requiring me to make an appointment. He’d seen me enough times over the years to know what was going on.
I get the occasional ‘itchy, watery eyes’, but either Benadryl, eye drops, or even saline eye wash helps. I had this so badly back in 1997, I was bathing my eyes in saline every few hours. But after a weekend trip to Vancouver, BC, I was ‘cured’. Was that coincidental? Or did the pollen count ‘magically’ go down the day I returned? Who knows?
I’m off to the Indy 500 on Sunday! Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!