If you're one of the fifty million adults in the United States who have a pollen allergy, this article is one you can definitely relate to. Luckily, allergies don't effect us all, but for those of us who have our daily lives impacted by seasonal or year-round allergies, it is the worst. Allergies are especially the worst during allergy season, which is usually around the start of Spring.
Hacking, sneezing, runny noses, coughing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, itchy ears - those are some of the many things that those with allergies have to suffer with. If you're anything like me, you might have to take an allergy pill once a day to make sure you can power through. But boy, once February hits and pollen begins flowing through the air, these symptoms become hindrances to our days. Simple allergy medicines don't help that much either, even though they try. Although they may get rid of some basic symptoms, such as a runny nose or itchy eyes, medicines won't take away from the horrid drag you feel throughout the day. Some people (like me) have to go as far as getting prescribed medications to treat their allergies and illnesses associated with them.
One of the most common illnesses that allergy suffers have is hayfever. Hayfever is a more intricate way to say 'seasonal allergies,' except it is sometimes much more worse than just that. With hayfever comes fatigue, headache, ear pain, and slight trouble breathing. Although very similar to the common cold, hayfever is thankfully not contagious. Though, while you're busing sneezing and coughing away, I'm sure other people won't completely believe you on that.
Having allergies isn't all a curse, however. Sometimes, they can be a blessing. Allergies can get you out of having to eat things you may not want to eat. They can also get you out of classes, and while annoying, can get you out of awkward situations. Not only that, but scientifically speaking, allergies have been found to protect against certain cancers! So, the next time you're tossing back an allergy pill with your eyes watering, just know it's not all bad, and that like every season, you'll get through this one.