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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Warm winter - early hay fever!

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This is one weird winter. In Boston, they have 7 feet of snow. All you can see are mounds of snow on the side of the road - which are actually cars covered in snow. Schools, work and church are cancelled.

In the West, we have been having a dry winter and warm temperatures. People are out golfing and washing their cars in the driveway (true story!)

My aspen trees are blooming, and my crocuses and daffodils are several inches above the ground. Normally, they would be covered in snow. 

With flowers and trees blooming, comes sneezing and wheezing. Yes, hay fever season has already started for us! 

Some people can control their allergies with over the counter allergy medicine. We also keep the windows closed and shower before bed to remove any pollen from our hair and skin. 

But, sometimes that isn't enough. If you are still miserable, talk to your specialist about allergy shots.

Here's a video from Webmd that talks about allergy testing and allergy shots. 

Just remember that allergy shots need to be given in an allergy and asthma specialist's office. There is a risk of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis.) 

You MUST wait 30 minutes after EACH allergy shot. If you have a severe allergic reaction, the doctor can treat you on site.

Anaphylaxis can and and does happen after allergy shots. It happened to my oldest son after an injection. It was the one time we left the office early.

I will never forget seeing that.

So, if your allergies are making you miserable, talk to your doctor about allergy shots. It's not fun, but it may help you be able to enjoy being outside without having to haul around pockets full of tissues and allergy medicine. 

Good luck!



  1. It's snowing here in Texas. We don't see a lot of that.


    1. Apparently winter decided to skip our state this year.... boo! :(

  2. Thank you for your blog! I'm glad I found it! I have an 8 year-old with asthma and allergies.

    1. Noelle, thanks for stopping by. I hope the blog is helpful. It's always nice to hear from other moms who are dealing with the same things! :)

  3. In Poland we slowly start with spring. And of course pollen season!

    Last time I read, that one Polish foundation fights about the right to adrenaline in public school.

    1. Ugh, pollen season. :(

      Some people are afraid to have ANY medication in public schools. But adrenaline can safe a life. I hope they reconsider!