Am In Allergy Hell

I came across this 3D printed bust art by Ted Noten a few years ago and something about it made me stare long and hard.

Outside of the fact that it artistic, gold, and covered with daisies… something struck a chord with me but I couldn’t figure it out.

Now at the start of a terrible allergy season, I’ve put my finger on it. This chick should be sneezing her face off!

In a 15-day stand-off with Mother Nature, ATLiens are stocking up on a plethora of pills, liquids, and creams to soothe their relentless symptoms brought on by pollen and other allergens.

In my misery I feel more like this version of the bust.

I cannot for the life of me get a break as my eyes itch and burn red, my throat feels like I am trying to swallow a rug, and every few minutes it seems as if a swarm of red ants is tormenting every inch of my skin.

Welcome to my world, I am in allergy hell.

For those of you who are also experiencing the terrible sting of nature, check out the Top Five Allergy Mistakes from ABC NEWS:

Throwing Money at the Problem

There are hundreds of products on the market claiming to ease your allergy ailment, and some of them work well for different people. But if you find yourself bouncing from product to product with no relief, consider making an appointment with an allergy doctor, who might suggest allergy shots that can actually cure, not cover up, your allergy symptoms. No more late-night trips to the CVS! Nasal saline sprays or rinses, such as the Neti pot, also are invaluable to some people experiencing irritated sinuses. Just be sure not to overuse them.

Not Knowing Your Enemy

Sometimes people treat allergy symptoms without even knowing what they’re allergic to, or if they are suffering from true seasonal allergies. While hay fever is a prime culprit this time of year, other allergens can also cause symptoms. Many people think they only have seasonal allergies, but actually have them year-round. Find an allergy specialist who can help you figure out a treatment plan at

Waiting ‘Til You Feel the Pain

If you do have allergies, ACAAI recommends taking medicine that has worked for you in the past before the season starts. Pay attention to the weather—as winter and spring merge, pollens and molds are released into the air.

Allowing Allergens into Your House

Once you find the cause (or causes) of your problem and the proper treatment, you should take steps to keep the allergens that agitate you out of your home. If you’re allergic to pollen, don’t keep your windows open all the time, and take a shower when you come in from the outdoors. Pollen counts are the highest around midday, so that’s also a good time to stay indoors.

Pigging Out on Problematic Produce

People who are allergic to pollen can also have oral allergy syndrome, which affects about a third of seasonal allergy sufferers. Your immune system sees a similarity between the proteins of pollen and those in some foods, and that can trigger a reaction. If you’re allergic to tree pollen, you may need to avoid apples, cherries, pears, apricots, kiwis, plums, or nuts.

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