This year’s crazy pollen explained

Cherry blossoms had no effect on me, that I can be sure of.

But it’s all this pollen flying around that has taken me down this Spring season. And it’s taken me down quite hard. These past few days have been so bad my whole face seems swollen—and is most certainly red all over. My eyes are blood-shot and itchy, nose keeps running, and I can’t stop sneezing.

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 14mm

While I do appreciate the beauty of the season, I can’t say that I enjoy the pollen that comes with it. My black car is covered with it, letting me know that if my car is like this, all other cars on the street are most likely the same way, transferring pollen from all across town.

Crazy pollen explained

Because we had such a harsh winter this past season, it delayed the Spring season. Now that Spring is in full swing, the pollen from the many trees (oak, maple, etc.) are coming out all at once, where normally they would be staggered throughout the Spring season. Moreover, now that the record snowfall has melted and water has sunk to the grounds, feeding the plants and trees, that extra pollen is coming out from below at the same time.

With all of this pollen coming at us at once, people have coined this “pollen tsunami.” And surely I can feel this effect—as of May 1, I recognized my allergies have gotten significantly worse.

It’s horrible, uncontrollable, and really brings my entire immune system down. What’s even worse is that it’s supposed to rain this coming weekend—the rain usually makes my allergies worse believe it or not, as it agitates the pollen in the air even more.

People have talked about honey or bee pollen as treatment for allergies. I have never heard of this explanation before, but at this point, I’m game for just about anything. Have you tried bee pollen to alleviate your allergies symptoms?

It’s sad to say, but my allergies are something not even my love for photography can cure.

Argh!

Help!

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