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Winter Allergies
updated: Dec 18, 2013, 9:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Anyone having problems with allergies lately? I (and a few others I know) have been a sneezing, runny-nosed, puffy-eyed mess. It's not a cold and I don't usually have allergies so curious what might be causing it.

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 COMMENT 478308 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:18 AM

Yes. I wish I could pin point the exact pollen or chemical for you, but everyone is different, and there are always plants that cause allergies in Southern California, despite the season. I suggest seeing an allergist.


 COMMENT 478312 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:22 AM

I attribute mine to local pampas grass in bloom. The allergy test mentioned is not specific to a particular grass variety, but can tell you that you are indeed allergic to grasses. Try using a HEPA filter where you sleep.


 COMMENT 478319 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:31 AM

My allergies have been horrible the last few days. Usually this time of year it's molds (airborne & household) that are the culprits. But the warm weather is making things bloom early - and that could be causing problems too. However, the pollen count is medium to low. (Wunderground, accuweather are just a couple of sites showing counts.) If you don't have prescribed meds, otc Claritin-D helps.


 COMMENT 478327 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:50 AM

YES! I've been having a horrible time but I always do in the fall. It's said that autumn, not spring is the worst time for allergies. Mine are exacerbated by all the cut pine trees, garland and wreaths not to mention the windy days we've been having.


 COMMENT 478328P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:50 AM

My allergies have been bad lately, too.


 COMMENT 478330 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 09:51 AM

YES! Here in the SY Valley. Oak spores maybe?


 COMMENT 478337 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 10:02 AM

Oh, CHEESES RICE, yes for the past 2+ weeks. Sneezing, dry itchy eyes! I'm tired of it!!


 COMMENT 478344P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 10:15 AM

Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) is blooming all over the coastal scrub and interior valley range, now through January. According to a local friend who had allergy tests done, it is a high-reaction allergen.

But it's great wild bird habitat, if it's any consolation.


 COMMENT 478351 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 10:31 AM

I have been blaming the polen from my Christmas tree.


 COMMENT 478359 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 10:58 AM

I blame society - and use generic Zyrtec.


 COMMENT 478361 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 11:02 AM

Ya know,fall, winter and spring are really our growing seasons, so one thing you can do is eat local bee pollen and immunize yourself. Takes a while to work, but I have a friend who swears by it.


 COMMENT 478368 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 11:13 AM

The smoke in the air from all the fireplaces being used has exacerbated my smoke sensitivity. But the cozy romance of a fire on a cool evening is hard to give up!


 COMMENT 478375P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 11:23 AM

goooooooooooooddddddddd llllllllllllllllooooooooooorrrrddddd yes!


 COMMENT 478400P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 12:19 PM

for last two weeks, people have asked me if I am okay, probably because my eye area is so puffy I look so awful. And the eyes are super itchy. Thanks for the info in these responses, it helps to get info and realize it is not just me.


 COMMENT 478418 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 01:12 PM

It has been worse in the last week or so - I attributed it to weather changes - it seems like allergy season is all year long now. I go for the heavy artillery - the Claritin D24 that they sell behind the drugstore counter that you need ID for - it works for me - it's not great for me but it gets the job done.


 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 01:28 PM

I can't remember my allergies ever being this bad. Like @368, I particularly notice it when the neighborhood fireplaces are being used. I can't stop sneezing and my eyes look like a road map of Texas. If I'm downtown or in a nonresidential setting I'm fine. But then it's back to Fireplace Central and it starts all over again.


 COMMENT 478447 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 02:33 PM

Aren't allergies an immune system problem? Maybe getting off the pharms and taking better care of yourself is a good idea. You know, old fashioned stuff like excercise, no sugar, no pharms, no drugs, lots of veggies, not too much meat, not too many restaurants, no salt, no fast food, little processed food, and so on. It's worked for ten thousand years.

Fireplaces, seriously? Someones blowing smoke. First step tho, get off the pharms! Did I say that already, get off the pharms! Toss the pills! OK stay on them but don't complain when they make things worse. Suppress a symptom it pops up somewhere else. Whack-a-mole with symptoms doesn't work. Taking good care of yourself works.


 COMMENT 478464 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 03:55 PM

OP here and thanks for all the good ideas/responses. I do notice it's worse when it's colder and my neighbors' fireplaces are cranked up. I live in the lower Riviera where smoke tends to stagnant (I've converted all mine to gas). Could also be the Xmas tree/wreathes. Glad to know I'm not alone!

To 478, I'm super healthy, work out every day, haven't had allergies before and have never took meds but nice of you to assume.


 COMMENT 478497P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-18 06:03 PM

@447: I think I'd rather take my chances with allergies.


 COMMENT 478539 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-19 07:05 AM

Really bad and I think that having heaters on while it was so cold is a huge contributor, the dry air really hurts the sinuses. Having a hepa filter or even a humidifier in the bedroom can help


 COMMENT 478583 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-19 09:34 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one. Actually, I'm sad so many are also suffering. Usually my Fall allergies are over by the end of October, but this year it's just been constant.


 COMMENT 478595P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-19 09:49 AM

YES! I'm sorry to hear that others are suffering, too, but glad to know it's not just me. I have all the symptoms of a cold, but do not feel bad, just sniffling and sneezing, drives me crazy.


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