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When pollen poses problems

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Greg Peck
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Iíve read that pollen counts generally are highest in the morning. A couple of weeks ago when I rode my bike to work, I smelled all the tree blossoms in the spring air and figured Iíd be suffering. My allergy symptoms didnít bother me too much that day, however.

On Tuesday when I again rode my bike to work in the morning, I didnít catch the same flowery scents. Even though a stiff breeze was blowing in my face, I figured Iíd be OK. But I suffered from itchy eyes most of the day.

I didn't pedal to work today. And rather than bicycling to exercise and enjoy the fresh outdoor air tonight, Iíll probably work out indoors at the athletic club.

When I walked the pooch this morning, I saw tree blossoms on sidewalks and streets everywhere and coatings of pollen covering cars parked outside. No wonder my eyes bothered me so much Tuesday.

Allergies have plagued me all my life. Tests showed cat dander and dust are my two biggest problems, but spring and fall pollen seasons have always been troublesome. I took shots at a local allergistís office for several years, and those helped reduce my symptoms. Now, I take 24-hour over-the-counter antihistamine tablets and started them a couple of weeks before my first signs of symptoms this spring.

My wife suggested I get more powerful prescription medicine. By happenstance, last night I bumped into a woman who has long worked at my allergistís office. I mentioned my wifeís concern. She said that, these days, antihistamine tablets are over-the-counter medicines; nose sprays still require prescriptions. If my symptoms donít diminish, I might be looking into such sprays.

How about you? Do you suffer during spring pollen season? Have you ever tried sprays for relief?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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