What Life is Like for People with Allergies
By Vanessa Palencia
Spring brings so much life after a dead winter. Everyone loves going outside and breathing the fresh air, except for those who suffer from allergies. We don’t smell the lovely floral scents or the freshly cut grass. We smell potential danger: pollen. If you’ve always wondered how life is like for people with allergies because you’ve been blessed with not having allergies (lucky SOB), then read on to find out gritty details about the allergy life.
There is no such thing as spring cleaning, only summer cleaning.
Driving becomes hazardous, so you must rely on other forms of transport.
If you’re one of those unlucky few, then you’ve probably built an immunity to Claritin and Zyrtec. Sorry.
You can’t sleep well at night because you’re constantly getting up in the middle of the night to sneeze and blow your nose. #TeamNoSleep
That annoying burning tickle sensation you have in your nose seriously has you considering smelling pepper spray or cutting your nose off.
The skin around your nose and upper mouth area feel stiff from dryness no matter how much lotion you slather on.
You don’t care if you overdose on antihistamine, because at this point, you’d rather be dead and not have to deal with the annoying allergy symptoms.
Your bathroom cabinet is well-stocked with the essentials: Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, store brand antihistamines, nasal spray, toilet paper and kleenex, ultra-moisturizing lotion, VapoRub, a humidifier, and itch-relieving eye drops.
Pillows must be propped up so that you don’t sleep in a flat manner or else you risk developing an ear infection. Not having that.
You can’t have a decent conversation without sneezing between each sentence: “Hey, did you hear about...” *sneeze* “mom?” *sneeze* “She’s going on…” *sneeze* “...vacation to Hawaii…” *sneeze* ARGH!
Flowers become your enemy. *But they’re so pretty… I don’t care, get them the hell away!*
When allergies are at its peak, you just go into hibernation, because honestly, you’d rather not deal with your nose.
People stay at least 10 feet away from you because they think you’ve come down with some weird form of head cold and don’t want to touch your nastiness.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you blow, nothing comes out and your nose is still has stuffy as ever. It’s a horrible feeling.
You’re not about that gardening life. Or anything that involves dirt or flying particles that can possibly enter your nasal cavity and cause the sneezing marathon to begin all over again.