Notes on allergies (part 1)

June 11, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
June 11, 2015

This is going to be a short and rather vague blog post, because I don’t remember many of the important relevant details.

But I do remember the first time I was ever told, at least as an adult, that I might be suffering from allergies. I was sitting in an examination room at a medical practice in Henderson, N.C. I can picture the man who had examined me — he was a large-framed fellow, although I can’t remember his name or whether he was a doctor, a physician’s assistant or a nurse-practitioner.

I think that I must have mumbled something about how I’d never heard of anyone developing allergies in their adulthood; the medical person replied that this kind of thing was in fact relatively common. There may have been some talk about how, as a newcomer to North Carolina, I’d noticed that there seemed to be a lot more pollen there than in my native New York. (I moved from Manhattan to Henderson in 2004.)

Over the ensuing years, I’ve had other medical people confirm that I suffer from allergies. I think I’m allergic to ragweed, which I guess is fairly common. This affliction seems to manifest itself mainly in clogged sinuses, although I think it exacerbates the occasional cold or bout with bronchitis.

What can an allergy sufferer do to alleviate symptoms? Use allergy medicine, of course! I myself take antihistamine pills — and that, friends, will be the subject of a forthcoming post.

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