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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Splendid Splinter, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I'm so used to congestion and coughing that I barely notice, but man, people around me have noticed a lot in the past year.

    "No, I don't have COVID. This is pretty much how I've sounded every day of the last 40 years, so unless I got a really early strain of the virus and it never went away..."
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Did the skin prick thing on the back when I was a teenager. The section where they did grass all grew into one massive welt. They listed my allergies on a scale of 0 to 5 and every single type of grass was 5+. (Also, when he read the list of things I'm allergic to in alphabetical order "hemp" and "hops" were back to back. Fun times.) I was allergic to pretty much everything in my yard growing up. For foods it's peanuts, which is pretty normal, and rice, which is weird.

    I used all kinds of medications until my doctor gave me Flonase. That stuff works miracles. Pollen counts have to be going crazy for me to have a reaction now.

    When I lived in Eugene, in the spring I would frequently wake up in the morning with my eyes sealed shut because of the goop from my allergies. I would literally have to walk blind to the bathroom, find the sink, run water and splash it on my eyes until the crust loosened enough for me to open them.

    Don't miss that.
  3. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    When I was maybe six years old, I kept getting sinus infections and earaches. I was all the time going to the ENT, getting my sinuses packed with cotton soaked in medicine. They finally sent me for allergy testing. I was young, so they didn't do my back. I sat in one of the school chairs with one arm that you write on and they pricked my inner arm. I was allergic to two pages of stuff, to include grasses, pollens, milk, eggs, and chocolate and a multitude of random stuff. I got two allergy shots a week for two years, a shot a week for two years, and a shot a week for another year. By the time I'd done that for a year or so needles didn't scare me. I was rolling up my sleeve while patting my foot, like "C'mon, get on with it, I got places to go".

    My poor mother had to figure out how to feed me. I got fed a brand called "Hillbilly Bread", a whole wheat bread made with water instead of milk. Bowls of cereal with water on it instead of milk, stuff like that. Canned goat's milk. (Ecccchhhhh).

    The allergy extracts worked though. I have pollen issues this time of year, like virtually everyone else. Other than that I just roll on.
  4. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    You should take allergy medicine year round if you have allergies.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Cat dander, oak pollen and juniper pollen. Didn’t know about that last one until I lived in central Oregon for a year.

    Claritin once a day PRN.
  6. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Exposure is another important element of allergies. Sometimes allergies won't develop until you have prolonged and repeated exposure to an allergen. For me, that was cat dander. I tested positive for dogs when I was very young, but was always negative for cats. With that in mind, my wife and I got a cat when we moved in together. About a year later, we got another one. I think it was the second one that put me over the top. I was not feeling well for a while, so I went to the doctor. They did a new scratch test and cat dander came up positive.

    Damn allergies.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I suffered for years with sinus crap. Then one day. I was in a store, grabbed a package of Zyrtec, took one pill, and was able to breathe fully for the first time in, like, 40 years.

    So I take one Zyrtec every morning. I still have occasion times when it feels like there’s a band of phlegm in my lungs and I end up hacking it up so loudly my entire neighborhood can hear me.
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