Well I think we can finally officially say the nice spring weather has arrived. Although, if we do get more cold and snow then I shall deny making that previous statement! Oh wait….it’s in writing. Shoot! Regardless, many start to suffer from allergies this time of year thanks to things like pollen and dust. Runny noses, dark circles under ones eyes, sneezing, coughing and all the unpleasant stuff associated with allergies.
I have been fortunate in my life where I’ve never experienced allergies and have never been allergic to something….until I hit 29. For some random reason my body said I was allergic to strawberries. Those delicious, sweet, red berries were at one time one of my favourites. Then the hives hit. For a brief time my nickname was Burl Hives. When I arrived at the hospital the nurse took one look at me and said “oh my!” Yes, I was more red than the strawberry and itchy beyond belief but the doctor hooked me up with some Benadryl and within a couple hours I was back to normal.
I’ve learned I’m allergic to rag weed at 29. Have you ever heard of such a thing? It’s a tall green weed that is common in fields, unused cattle corrals, and unattended gardens (I don’t weed my garden nearly enough). After it touches my skin I look as pink as a bottle of Pepto Bismal. Alright, it’s kind of funny, but when the sneezing and itchy skin arrives it’s not as much fun anymore. Below is a picture of rag weed if you’re not familiar with it.
In all seriousness many have some terrible allergies. For example, in our office place some are allergic to nuts. I have a friend who is allergic to peaches, which is not too common. Take good care of yourself and if you do suffer from spring allergies, I hope the next couple of months aren’t too difficult for you!