Most areas in the United States had fairly mild winters this year, with lots of warm temperatures and less precipitation than is usual. It was definitely that way here in Boise, I know! In fact, many areas, even in places like the Great Lakes states, New England and the mountain west are already experiencing 50 and 60 degree daytime temps!
While that may seem wonderful to those of us tired of dreary winter skies and ready for fun outdoor activities in the sun, be aware that an early spring can also bring with it an early nasal allergy season. And that's not such great news.
Here in Boise, I haven't seen any trees budding yet, but my crocuses are up, so I'm certain that the trees won't be too far behind. Tree pollen levels always begin to rise during early spring, and this year, we may even be seeing peak levels in some areas of the country within the next few weeks.
So now is the time to start taking your antihistamine, if you had stopped it during the winter. Alt...
Whether you believe it or not, there have been many indications that global warming is causing all kinds of climate change. In general, winters seem to be shortening in many areas and that spells an early start to spring allergies.
Just great, right?
My daughter lives in Austin, Texas, where winter temperatures seldom dip below 40 and even then, just for a few days each winter. So I suspect the green, growing things that spew pollen never completely go to rest as they do here in the north. But this year, it was already in the mid-80s -- in February! So, it's a sure bet that spring allergies are already starting there.
A newspaper report I read said that allergies are already bad in Oklahoma too. One of the reasons is cedar pollen allergies, which I wrote about in December . Cedar is a tree that pollinates during the winter and grows in the central and southwest areas of the U.S. So, certainly cedar pollen is part of the reason why people in those areas are already ...
A few months ago, I woke bolt upright in bed and panicked. Why in the world had I placed a huge bid on an online shopping auction site earlier that evening? What in the world possessed me to think I could not live without that particular item? What about the 20 other things I had recently unpacked from their shipping containers? Shopping—especially from online auction sites—has become one of my new early (or sometimes late) warning signs that I am symptomatic. I struggle with this a lot. When I am manic, I just know I have all the money in the world, and I will somehow be able to pay the bills. I deserve this item. I am special. When I am depressed, buying something and having it show up in the mail like a present comforts me in a way nothing else seems to do. It makes me feel better. It connects me to an online shopping community that seems to care—about my money, anyway. An interesting article about shopping and depression can be found here . I am working with the following strategies ...
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