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Old 06-18-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Default Grass pollen

This has to be the worst year ever for grass pollen, which, according to one of the local news casts last night, Eugene leads the world in. Not surprising since grass is grown commercially in the valley. I've been miserable for about two weeks now with no end in sight (until the pollen dies down). The news reported the pollen index yesterday was around 500, and has been as high as 900! I think they said 100 is considered normal. Anyone else been having problems?
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Everyone in my office is sniffling. I'm on a couple of medications and still sniffling, sneezing, itching. It just comes with the territory, I suppose. It'll be over in another 3 or 4 weeks. In the meantime, I'm praying for rain and staying indoors.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:16 PM
 
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I'm in Albany and have had a few bouts of allergy due to pollen. It's usually really bad around here from around mid-May through July, then picks up again in the fall until the rains start. I can only speak for myself, but this year seems to have been unusually mild for me.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Sisters, Oregon
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I think the news said 10 was the normal.

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I think they said 100 is considered normal. Anyone else been having problems?
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I think the news said 10 was the normal.
I think you're right sky; my head is all plugged up, including my ears, from allergies and sinus and probably misheard it. But, like lisa said, it goes with the territory. At least there's some rain forecast for the weekend that might help dampen things down.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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This place blows! 7-8 months of rain/grey, mid-October through June, than two months of world record grass pollen to where I want to lop off my head. O wait, there is one month that's not too bad...than here comes the rain again
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Springfield, OR
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This place blows! 7-8 months of rain/grey, mid-October through June, than two months of world record grass pollen to where I want to lop off my head. O wait, there is one month that's not too bad...than here comes the rain again
I have to say, I agree.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Stumptown
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I love Eugene so much, but I was just there for the commencement at UO and I almost went to the hospital because of allergies. That grass pollen is insanity and Eugene is no place to go if you're allergic to it. It's absolutely miserable.

Makes me sad because I love Eugene so much.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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It is absolutely insane! I just got a prescription of Flonase and am taking it along with other allergy medication, and I still barely see a difference. I have lived her six years now, and I have never suffered this bad before! The last 14 days I have felt like a zombie with tissue paper in my hand.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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I haven't had any problems but my boys and my husband are both really suffering. They've never had allergies this bad before.

We called the doctor yesterday and the nurse said it's the worst she's ever seen and she's been working in Eugene as a nurse for 23 years. They are sending people to the ER left and right, she said. She said if there's any wheezing at all, just go to the ER. We couldn't even get an appointment until two weeks from now (unless someone cancels) because our doctor is booked up with people having problems with allergies. It's horrible this year for sure.

Just in case it helps anybody, though... The nurse told me to give my kids either zyrtec or clariton - follow the directions on the box - but that it takes several days sometimes a week for the medicine to build up and begin working. So, meanwhile, while the medicine is building up, the nurse said it is safe to take Benadryl along with the zyrtec or Clariton for a few days until the meds begin working. So far so good with my kids, they're just really sleepy. Which isn't such a bad thing! They could use more sleep!

My husband keeps swearing by local honey. It's totally not working but he's stubborn and bullheaded. We went through this a few years ago when his allergies acted up. He refused to take meds, he took the honey. Well... he developed two inner ear infections and a bad respiratory infection and ended up on antibiotics.
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