Snotty alternative theory

posted by Jeff | Sunday, October 12, 2008, 4:03 PM | comments: 3

Diana came up with an interesting hypothesis last night, that the three or four times I thought I was "sick" this year (not counting the obvious sinus infection in March), I was actually having strong allergy reactions. I think she may be right. Most of my life when I have had allergy issues, it was sneezing and itchy eyes or whatever, and typically getting into an air conditioned place "cured" me. The problem is that the intensity of the episodes is a lot higher and causing a longer recovery time. The more I read up about allergies on the medical sites, the more I think she nailed the problem.

When I see how she reacts to allergies, even with all of her meds, I think that makes perfect sense. I'm just not used to it. So if I were to believe this theory, then I've only been sick once this year, and the rest of the time I've been battling... something.

It's obviously not Diana or the cats, because they've been here almost a year now, and the allergy problems are intermittent. Grass and tree pollen are obvious problems I've always had, but the dry weather this year I think made it much worse. I tend to react much more strongly though in my adult years to various chemicals and household substances. I can't really use scented anything. I have to be careful about what lotions, perfumes and scented candles I can be around. For the most part we've figured out what I react poorly to, but perhaps not everything.

I feel like it's a great thing to at least have some ideas though so I can act on it. It'll be easier to figure out once it's too cold to have the house open all of the time. It's also a relief that I'm not having an immuno-meltdown.


Jeffy, October 12, 2008, 10:03 PM #

When Jamie and I moved into our first apartment, I developed eczema on my face, arms, and a few other spots. We couldn't figure out where it was coming from, and though we're still not sure, one of the things we did when we moved to our new apartment was bought better filters for our furnace and air conditioner. The eczema has gone away over time, so we think that this may have contributed to the problem. The fiberglass filters just didn't work out for us.

It's something you might want to look into.

, October 14, 2008, 2:39 AM #

Fall allergies are usually ragweed related...

Carrie, October 14, 2008, 4:06 AM #

If the culprit is seasonal allergies, sure. But people can be afflicted with allergies that go beyond the outdoors and the seasonal changes.

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