Have you been stung this summer? Take this quiz to test your knowledge regarding Hymenoptera allergy (bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants) and anaphylaxis.
I’m referring to early spring tree pollens, which are finally on the rise after a cold, snowy winter. Zyrtec and pollen.com both have helpful apps for checking out the local pollen forecast.
Even the spring allergy sufferer might choose tree pollen over below zero wind chills. The good news is if a cold winter persists, the trees won’t pollinate anytime soon. The bad new is if winter weather continues through March, the various types of trees will pollinate all at once in April instead of spreading out over a few months. Throw some grass pollen into the mix starting in mid April and it’s a perfect recipe for an itchy, watery, sneezy spring. So enjoy the freezing weather for now (yeah right), spring will be here before we know it!
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Many Louisvillians were probably asking themselves that same question this weekend. The “Ohio Valley Crud” as many of us refer to, isn’t just about ragweed, tree and grass pollens. Rapid temperature and more importantly, barometric pressure changes can drive our sinuses crazy, leading to increased sinus pressure, headaches, ear fullness and nasal congestion. At least 50% of adults with chronic or recurrent sinus symptoms have underlying environmental allergies, but individuals who are sensitive to damp weather (when the barometric pressure falls) are not necessarily allergic. Actually, people that have significant outdoor allergies tend to do better during periods of rainy weather (the pollen settles down) and worse during dry, windy weather. Other non-allergic factors that can exacerbate sinus symptoms include strong odors (fragrance, chemicals), tobacco smoke, air pollution, spicy foods and alcohol. As for those who have been feeling the effects of our recent “warm spell” this weekend, it’s cooling back down now, so your headache should be going away soon.