Hay Fever

I have hay fever again today. I always feel absolutely miserable for up to a full week whenever I’m down with the bloody thing. Today is no different. It started with the slow build-up of mucus in my nose. By the time I get to the office in the morning, I’m sneezing in frequent random intervals. By the afternoon, my eyes began to water and my eyelids felt heavy. Come evening, I already feel very tired. It could have been another symptom of my hay fever or maybe just all that sneezing tiring me out.

It wasn’t always like this. I remember when I never had hay fever. And that was before I migrated to Australia. I’m not sure if it is just me getting old or if there’s something in the air in Australia that my body doesn’t agree with. Dictionary.com defines Hay Fever as such:

hay fever
n.
An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, most often characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen. Also called pollinosis.

So, I’m thinking that maybe my body isn’t used to the pollen in the air or there’s just that much more pollen in Australia’s air. I don’t really know. I do know that it is common enough that they have lots of advertisement on TV for hay fever medication specially during spring season. I was told by other migrants that they only started getting hay fever after they moved here. Whatever the cause, it’s a big headache (literally and figuratively).

I did a little research and here is what I found from the AllergyNet Australia website:

In Australia, seasonal hay fever usually occurs in spring and early summer. The southern one-third of Australia, especially the south-east, has the most severe problems. Melbourne and Canberra are notoriously bad areas for spring allergy.

Come to think of it, I never had hay fever in the three months I lived in Sydney. I started getting it only when I moved to Canberra. And then I began to get it more often when I moved to Melbourne. That’s just great! Well, here’s at least one reason for me to move back to Sydney.

Anyway, I think it wouldn’t be too bad if the advertised anti-hay-fever medications on TV actually worked for me. I tried the different brands but nothing seems to help me much except the Sudafed decongestant and anti-allergy tablets. The big downside of taking Sudafed is that it makes me really drowsy. And nowadays, it doesn’t help as much to fight my hay fever. A friend of mine suggested I take Claratyne but I discovered that it isn’t any more effective than the other antihistamine medication I’ve tried in the past.

Basically, I feel terrible at this very moment. And if past experience is any indication, I’ll probably feel just as terrible tomorrow. Here’s hoping I’ll be cured by tomorrow.

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Published in: on August 15, 2006 at 12:01 am  Comments (5)  

5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. @ Jennie: Well, the only reason to move back to Sydney I’d consider is to be with friends I had there. 🙂

    @Mel: Yoghurt, huh? I gotta try that. It’s not my favourite food in the world but I can certainly take it. 😉

  2. Someone advised us that a good way to prevent having hayfever is eating lots of yoghurt especially before the onset of hayfever season.

    I haven’t tried it yet though as i am not a big fan of yoghurt.

  3. Arnie suffers from hay fever the same way you do, Geejay. There are times when he looks like he’s been doing drugs because his eyes get all red and puffy.

    Btw, nothing would make me want to move to Sydney… ever. :-“

  4. Yikes.

    They should put a note in the migration forms when you apply for a permanent visa. Warning: Coming to Australia may cause hay fever. 😉

  5. A daughter of mine and I have the same problems – but hers is much worse. Most anti-allergy meds like Celestamine make you drowsy. The one that we used that wasn’t bad had the brand Virlix (don’t remember the generic name). It’s generally taken anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks AT NIGHT. You’ll feel a little groggier upon waking up but that goes away after taking your shower.


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