Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Q+A for begining of April

Even though the weather has been up and down temperature-wise, the last few weeks my allergies have been getting pretty bad from the tree pollens I think.  I don't have much else to say that I can think of right now, so I will answer a few questions I was sent.

Q: What's the worst allergy day that you can remember, how did you deal with it?
I remember a few.  No breaks in sneezing all day, totally congested and a runny mess and eyes and nose itch and burn like crazy, etc.  The only way I have been able to deal with them is to just do nothing.  I can't even really get out of bed on a day like that, even things like eating and drinking is hard.

Q: Do you remember the longest time that you call sick from school and stay at home because of allergies? After the leave, how do you catch back the stuffs at school?
A: I don't think I have been out more than a couple of days in a row.  Of course it can happen numerous times without many days in-between.  Its hard to catch up on stuff.  At times of the semester that my allergies aren't too bad, I try to get as much work done as possible so I do not fall too far behind during bad allergy times.  I also am lucky in that I have an advisor that is very understanding and helpful in getting me more time to finish things when I need.

Q: You have once said that you suffered from runny nose. How constantly do you need to wipe your nose with tissues? How runny nose interferes with your life?
A: Some days are worse than others, but I always have tissues with me.  I put a lot of effort into making sure no-one sees my nose being snotty, so it can be kind of tiring.  It can slow me down, especially if its very runny because one hand is often occupied wiping my nose, or holding a tissue to my nose.  I wipe my nose often, so some days my nose can get pretty irritated.  Sometimes I have to be careful about leaning forward, as a bunch can spill out quickly.  Its frustrating when my nose runs on something too.

Q: Which period (like march to ...) in the year do you suffer the most? How do you cope with it? ( For example preparing tons of tissues everywhere you pass by, prevent going out during high peaks of the day, wearing masks when going out,e.t.c)
A: probably mid-April to sometime in June, and then August through October.  I keep tissues all over the place, and keep as many on me as possible.  I try to avoid going out, etc when I can, but sometimes I try anyway because I don't want to be stuck doing nothing all the time.  Not much I do seems to make a difference.  For me, wearing a mask is a bad idea.  Having a runny nose in a mask is annoying at the least, and having long sneezing fits in a mask is really bad.   

As usual, please keep questions and ideas coming.  Also, feel free to say hi or chat if you want.


  1. Hiya, Kate! Sorry to hear things are worsening for you. Spring is slowly starting here too and I am feeling the very early effects (but I think that's more from my spring cleaning efforts than pollen!).

    How do you deal with nose irritation from all the moisture of a runny nose? I imagine after a while your nose must become very raw and painful. Do you use things like Vaseline or those fancy aloe tissues?

  2. You've said before that on a bad allergy day you can easily use an entire box of tissues. What do you do when you're out? Do you carry multiple pocket packs in your purse? Keep a spare box in the car?