A Sunday Seven Post
[I can no longer write a post unless it’s in list form. I attribute this affliction to writing only Sunday Sevens for the past month. I started a post earlier this week, but couldn’t seem to finish it. Since I have nothing else planned for today, here it is in list form.]
It’s official. Summer is over. I know this not because Labor Day has come and gone, not because school is in session once again, not because September hails the start of meteorological autumn. Nope. I know this because I can’t breathe.
For me, autumn is actually worse than spring. Or perhaps it just feels worse after a summer of (relatively) clear breathing. (Winter presents its own sinus afflictions, so spring allergies aren’t quite so noticeable.)
Seven Fall Allergy Facts
- WebMD tells me I’m suffering from hay fever.
- The official name is “allergic rhinitis.” This tickles me because the old speech pathology/audiology/linguistics student in me knows that “rhin-” refers to the nose and “-itis” is the medical suffix for “inflammation of.” I also know the physician responsible for this portion of the body is an otorhinolaryngologist, although most people call him (or her) an “otolaryngologist.” The latter is a bit of a misrepresentation because it doesn’t account for the “nose,” even though the Americanized version of the specialty is ENT (ear, nose and throat).
Oop, I digress.
- The most likely culprit is ragweed.
- Since ragweed pollen can travel up to 400 miles, there’s almost no getting away from it.
- I have nearly all the symptoms. What are the symptoms?
- Runny nose (I’d actually prefer a runny nose to one that’s stuffy)
- Watery eyes (this was my first symptom, showing up on Monday)
- Sneezing (not so much)
- Coughing (yep, generally at night, making sleep difficult)
- Itchy eyes and nose (kind of coincides with watery eyes)
- Dark circles under the eyes (probably due to difficulty sleeping)
- Post-nasal drip and ensuing sore throat isn’t mentioned anywhere, but they’re prevalent in me. And really annoying.
- Zyrtec, which my doctor recommended a couple years ago, works well (for me). The CVS version? Not
so muchat all. Of course I bought a huge bottle of it. 😦 (In fairness to CVS, their version of Benadryl has worked well for me, so I thought the Zyrtec version would, too.)
All righty, then. Off to the drug store to find some relief.
[Graphic credit: Natalie Dee. I found it through a Google image search for “fall allergies.” Check out the website. She has some majorly funny stuff. (The file name for this drawing is “fucking-fall-allergies.” Ha! 😀 )]