For anyone who suffers from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, you may be aware that we are now in the midst of peak tree pollen season.
It seems that recent climate conditions can cause what has been termed a pollen "bomb" with large amounts of the stuff being dispersed into the air to be sucked into our nasal passages.
Our house is surrounded by trees and we even have a little mini-woodland in our garden. Quite a few of the trees are big allergen culprits (birch, beech, ash etc) so, although very pretty, they are also very naughty. I have been spending some time out in the garden this week enjoying our warm sunny weather but today the effects have hit me like a steamroller. You would think I should have learned my lesson by now after sixty years of being a hay fever sufferer.
I was due to go walking with the girls this lovely sunny morning but have cancelled as I dare not step foot outside. No point in even wearing a mask as it is too late now. Horse and stable door etc....
The good news is that tree pollen production should ease off in May....just as the grass pollen season starts. Luckily I have a good stock of man-size cotton hankies and my asthma inhaler.
No walking photos for a while I think.
Oh JayCee .... it must be awful suffering so badly. I think I get a touch of it but it doesn’t stop me going out. After so many years of it, I guess you know exactly what you must do but, to have to wait until May ? !!!!!! Just have to wait it out ..... there’s always wine !!!!! XXXXReplyDelete
I never seem to learn my lesson Jackie. I am always so eager to enjoy the first Spring sunshine that I don't stop to consider the pollen. Even though I take antihistamines all year round I still need to avoid exposure to the allergens. Once this lot dies down the grass and weed pollen will hit. Never mind, as you say, there is always wine! xxxDelete
My missus gets the Kenalog injection in April.ReplyDelete
I asked my GP a few years ago about having an annual injection but she advised me not to as it suppresses the immune system which she said would leave me vulnerable to infections. Not sure what is best!Delete
I'm always reminded about the delightful effect of my pollen allergies when, during the middle of the night, I abruptly wake to a fit of anywhere from 10-20 consecutive sneezes--simultaneously gasping for breath and reaching for a hanky. Feel for you...and yes, grasses next.ReplyDelete
Fun isn't it 😄Delete
I feel your pain - I woke with a headache! I never had allergies until the last year or two but now it appears I do.ReplyDelete
Hope you feel better soon, JayCee.
Thanks Ellen. What a pain that you have now developed allergies after all this time. I was once told that they usually go away as we get older but that hasn't happened yet.Delete
Oh, I feel for you. I do not have the problem, but my son does.ReplyDelete
I seem to be the only one in my family who suffers from allergies. Lucky me!Delete
You have my sympathies with that problem - I don't have it luckily but I have a friend who does - and just as the weather improves their health goes downhill.oReplyDelete
Our new bungalow has a conservatory so I shall be able to sit in there and pretend that I am in the garden.Delete
You could move to Iceland - the land with no trees.ReplyDelete
At least I wouldn't want to sit out in the garden if I lived there.Delete
I have never been a hay fever sufferer, but do sympathise, as it must be awful. I kept sneezing a few weeks back and wonder whether the over-saturation of pollen this year is the culprit. I hope you can get outside again soon.ReplyDelete
I shall have to wear a mask if I want to be outside. At least these days nobody will look twice!Delete
Oh dear. Suffering from hay fever cannot be much fun. It's not something that I would wish to make light of just because I have never been affected by the condition. Roll on May... when hopefully be you will experience some relief.ReplyDelete
Thanks YP. Unfortunately I am also affected by the grass and weed pollen so no relief until October. I am quite grateful for mask wearing these days!Delete
From the map it looks like the only place for you in the British Isles would be the Orkney Islands - probably not many trees there either!ReplyDelete
Here it's Pine pollen; it's everywhere. My car is covered with it, every small dried-up puddle is fringed by it, and when the wind blows we see clouds of it leaving the trees. Not your cup-of-tea!ReplyDelete
How horrible for you! And do you have to wait for May before you go walking? Aaarggghhh!ReplyDelete
Well. it is usually a bit later than May once the grass and weed pollen have subsided. Masks on!Delete
I have been so busy recently - only now catching up on some blogs. My son suffers terribly form hay fever and it worries me when he has exams - there is no allowance given and it seems to me there ought to be.ReplyDelete
Yes, as a child we did not know about hay fever and my mother just thought I caught a lot of colds and kept me off school. I think I missed quite a bit back then.Delete