Surely you can’t have hay fever ALL YEAR ROUND!
Ruth Holroyd's hay fever used to start in March but all of a sudden March has become January, before her Christmas dust allergy was even over!
This year my hayfever started in January. Yes that’s right. After the Christmas period spent inside with the joys of the dust allergy, the New Year brought swollen eyes and I mean proper full on hay fever eyes.
First of all I assumed I’d touched something and got it in my eyes.
I’ve been on a health kick. So starting the day with a 3 mile walk has been rejuvenating. Getting out with nature; very mild weather and frosty mornings and with the blood pumping works wonders for the skin, breathing and general positive outlook.
What I wasn’t banking on was weeping, streaming, itching golf balls for eyes …. IN JANUARY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH!
It took me a few weeks to realise this was an allergic reaction. I know, stupid doesn’t get much more stupid.
So antihistamines every morning does really help but what are the health implications of prolonged use of this drug?
But seriously? Already? Is this global warming? Are the trees pollination earlier?
So you can guess what I did. I googled it. Was hay fever in January a real thing? It would seem very much yes. But this is most definitely the first year I’ve experienced it.
People were asking me what was wrong with my eyes. They were such a mess. Allergy UK website explained that trees like hazel, alder, ash, willow and elm could all be giving off pollen in January.
This is bad. Usually my hay fever begins in March. This year there has been no break. The tree mould and dust pretty much took me through winter so now all these trees that I love so much are leaving me blind with gummed up eyes, constant weeping and to control it… all year round antihistamine use.
Is this normal? Or a new phenomenon? Or am I becoming allergic to yet more and more allergens? It’s fun being on the allergic march… NOT!
So how does this affect me?
So it’s actually not so bad to be writing this in March, when my hay fever normally starts. But I may have to rewrite my favourite hay fever poem... ‘In March, its starts…’
In March, it starts.
If you found this article interesting, there are many more articles on hay fever here, many more articles on allergy in general here and many more entries in Ruth's Allergy Diary here.