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Old 04-04-2021, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I have allergies that are most likely to tree pollen and they've just kicked up really badly (I feel like I am flat out sick) with sore throat, hoarseness, sinus pain, headache etc. - just miserable.

The pollen count is 11.5 out of 12 at pollen.com. I have the windows closed and don't even want to go outside to walk etc., is this what most people do? It's rather sad as the weather is beautiful.
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:41 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I have allergies that are most likely to tree pollen and they've just kicked up really badly (I feel like I am flat out sick) with sore throat, hoarseness, sinus pain, headache etc. - just miserable.

The pollen count is 11.5 out of 12 at pollen.com. I have the windows closed and don't even want to go outside to walk etc., is this what most people do? It's rather sad as the weather is beautiful.
You didn't say whether you've tried any of the various OTC or prescription allergy symptom relievers or not. Might not totally relieve every symptom but push them into the background. Personally, I'd rather go out and experience the world even if there's a bit of discomfort than stay stuck in the house all the time. No one can decide what is bearable other than you.
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:46 PM
 
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I have allergies that are most likely to tree pollen and they've just kicked up really badly (I feel like I am flat out sick) with sore throat, hoarseness, sinus pain, headache etc. - just miserable.

The pollen count is 11.5 out of 12 at pollen.com. I have the windows closed and don't even want to go outside to walk etc., is this what most people do? It's rather sad as the weather is beautiful.
My allergist told me not to go outside between August 1st and the 1st frost. He wasn't kidding.

Obviously, that's not really practical, especially going to the allergist for shots weekly!! But yes, there have been times in my life where I have tried to limit my time outdoors.

Actually, strike that. I always limit my time outdoors, but due to a sun allergy (solar uticaria), notsomuch the pollen anymore.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:24 PM
 
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No. I still go outside and I take a lot of allergy medicines. Usually this time of year. I do sinus rinse at least once a day and wipe down my hair with a wet washcloth in the evenings to get the pollen off. Additionally, I use the xlear spray (usually before bed), which helps wash away some of the allergens. For now, I’ve just given up on even trying to wear contact lenses in the spring. I have always had issues as the insides of my eyelids seem to get inflamed in the spring.
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Old Today, 01:56 PM
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Since moving to southern California I only need a Claritin once a day and I'm good about 95% of the time. The rest of the time I suffer or take a benedryl.
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Old Today, 03:53 PM
 
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Since moving to southern California I only need a Claritin once a day and I'm good about 95% of the time. The rest of the time I suffer or take a benedryl.
I am in Southern California and I have been miserable since February. I limit outdoor time despite taking Zyrtec (Claritin doesn't work for me).
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Old Today, 03:56 PM
 
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I have allergies that are most likely to tree pollen and they've just kicked up really badly (I feel like I am flat out sick) with sore throat, hoarseness, sinus pain, headache etc. - just miserable.

The pollen count is 11.5 out of 12 at pollen.com. I have the windows closed and don't even want to go outside to walk etc., is this what most people do? It's rather sad as the weather is beautiful.
I feel the same way. Try a nasal spray like Flonase. I find that even irrigating my sinuses with saline spray helps a little. Have you gone to an allergist yet? Thats my next stop, because this is hell.
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Old Today, 07:06 PM
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Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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I have allergies that are most likely to tree pollen and they've just kicked up really badly (I feel like I am flat out sick) with sore throat, hoarseness, sinus pain, headache etc. - just miserable.

The pollen count is 11.5 out of 12 at pollen.com. I have the windows closed and don't even want to go outside to walk etc., is this what most people do? It's rather sad as the weather is beautiful.
That sounds awful.

This year I have had a terrible time with allergies inside the house. I thought it was pollen getting in through the doors and windows but when I go outside, I actually feel better. Turns out it's accumulations of dust sticking to the walls and flaking off into the air. I clean as much as I can but it's very hard to see.

Those of you who are suffering from tree pollen may find some relief by wearing a respirator, such as an N95, when you're outside. Pollen particles are quite large compared to a virus. I also find generic fexofenadine (Allegra) gives 24 hour relief and it's cheaper than buying Allegra.
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