Allergies A Seasonal Sport
allergy season came often and
always too soon.
It began with
sniffles and snorts
trumpets and sneezes
keeping kleenex up her sleev-es
became a serious sport.
We could hear my mother’s trumpet,
volley and report
clear cross the street
and around the corner at the volley ball court.
That’s a sound I can’t forget
for now I have joined team
© Carol Carlisle 3/25/14
Since my allergies started going hay wire yesterday, I planned to give you some fun facts about allergies today and lo and behold Margo Rody gave a poetry challenge with Almost Human animal pictures from Time FLach. His elephant photo (go see the other his other animals) was just what I needed for an attention getter and conversation starter.
Four Fun Facts About Allergies and Rain and Thunder Storms from Dr. Carr on the Weather Channel
We often think rain often washes pollen out of the environment, but first, it bursts pollen particles, spreading allergens farther…
- “During a rainstorm, the pollen in your environment gets saturated and fractures, releasing small particles into the air at a much higher concentration,” he explained. “When patients inhale them it causes a syndrome called ‘thunderclap asthma.'”
- Then, there’s an allergic reaction in the lungs, causing asthma symptoms, or for those without asthma, allergy symptoms in the upper airways, he said.
- Ninety-five percent of people with asthma also have allergies, Dr. Carr said. Rainstorms can produce serious respiratory symptoms for them, so patients should anticipate this, and be prepared with the proper asthma and/or allergy medication.
- Besides medical therapies, there are non-medical steps you can take to lessen the effect of rain on your allergies, Dr. Carr said. “Limit your pollen exposure: Roll up the windows in your car or home, run a fan at home to circulate air through your house. When you’re outdoors, pollen is falling on you, so take a shower every night, so you’re not sleeping in what you’re allergic to,” he said.
Hope this was helpful. I’m inside with an air purifier today waiting for rain and a T-storm. Do you have allergies and how do you cope?
6 day till NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Are you ready for A Poem A Day?