Sneezy Season

It's March in New Jersey, which for me, means allergies. The warmer weather and longer days triggered the start of the allergy season, which typically begins in late February and lasts through May. The primary allergens during March are tree pollens, such as maple, birch, and oak. I'm allergic to all of them.

March can also bring high mould spores. The melting snow (less of that this year) and rain (a lot more of that) create a damp environment conducive to mould growth. I'm allergic to mould, especially anything in the penicillium genus.

My allergy symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and scratchy throat. These symptoms can be mild to severe, interfering with daily activities and affecting my quality of life. Right now, I would say they are severe.

The additional challenge is that excess fluid builds up in my ear canals leading to labyrinthitis and vertigo - a sensation of dizziness and spinning that can make a person feel like they are moving when they are stationary. Nausea, vomiting, and sweating can last minutes to hours.

I have typically used Zyrtec and over-the-counter antihistamines to relieve allergy symptoms, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. Right now, I stay indoors during peak pollen times - early morning and late afternoon, keeping windows closed. But soon, the trees and the woods will be full of new life, and I'll be torn between my desire to be outside in nature or my allergies.

I love spring.

Author: Khürt Williams

I work in application security architecture and I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey with my wife Bhavna. Passionate about photography, you’ll find me writing about cybersecurity, tropical aquariums, terrariums, hiking, craft breweries, and capturing birds on camera. My prose is like a caffeinated squirrel—fast, unpredictable, and occasionally insightful.

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