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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mild winter = early allergies

The Today had a story on this morning about allergy season. It looks like for most of the country that it's going to be a loooooong allergy season. People are having symptoms now because trees and flowers are blooming. In February.

Silly little plants, don't they realize that it's still winter? But there they are on the Today show report, perky little yellow daffodils and beautiful pink blossoms on the trees. I always look forward to my flowers blooming, it's like a breath of fresh air. Just not this early in the year. We just had Valentine's Day for pete's sake!

For those of us with allergies, it means lots of sneezing and wheezing. And the problem with allergies is that it often times affects asthma. Just because you have allergies doesn't mean you will have problems with asthma. But most people with asthma seem to have allergies.

To watch the Today show report, click here. I guess for now we'll stock up on tissues, Zyrtec and Singulair. And make sure we shower every night. If you do shower at night, it cleans the pollen out of your hair and skin, making sleeping MUCH more enjoyable. Or, you can just go to bed and roll around on your pillow all night, spreading pollen around and causing you to wake up with puffy eyes and a runny nose. (If you don't wake yourself up all night sneezing. My kids sometimes sneeze repeatedly during the night, waking me up.)

For all of you with allergies, you know how I feel. It's like having a cold, only it stays for months and months and months. Constant sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat. At least it's a beautiful view. But maybe I'll just view the flower gardens from inside my pollen-free office.....

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