How To Deal With Pollen

May 3, 2016



Spring has finally arrived to Stockholm! The sun is shining, and all you wanna do is be outside. I finally put away my winter coat and scarf. Everyone is happy and life is easy…Or not. Because what happens as soon as the sun comes out? So does pollen. This stupid thing that makes your eyes water, nose itch, and lungs collapse.


Warning: I’m about to complain now.

Ever since I was a teenager I’ve felt the effects of pollen, but only for a short period of time in the beginning of spring/summer. By using eye drops and nose spray I’ve managed. However, this year it’s been horrendous. I’ve been taking anti-histamines, eye drops, nose spray, cortisone nose spray, and finally the doctor gave me a cortisone shot. All of this and it still doesn’t work! Several weeks have pasted and I’m still feeling extremely tired, my sinuses are swollen, and my eczema is acting out. It sucks because it feels like you’re sick but you’re not. OK, I feel better now after this rant.

Complaining done. 


So what do you do? How do you deal with pollen allergy? I have a long list of things: 

  • Use all the remedies you can get a hold of: Eye drops, anti-histamine pills, nose spray, anything the doctor will prescribe
  • Start using all of the above at least a month before the pollen season starts
  • Keep doors and windows closed. Air out your apartment/house early in the morning, late at night, or right after it rained
  • Wash your hair before going to bed
  • Workout indoors (at least on days with high pollen)
  • Don’t dry your clothes outside
  • Be observant to any cross allergies. For example: Eating an apple can create the same effect as birch pollen (having a cross allergy is not very common, and a doctor can test this)


To keep your mental sanity:

  • This is only temporary and it will pass (I really hope I’m not allergic to grass because then I’m screwed for the rest of the summer…)
  • Listen to your body. Maybe you won’t be able to run as fast or lift as heavy this time of the year, but you’ll get back on track soon
  • Drink a bunch of coffee to keep your energy level up (this is how I survive at the moment)


Now I’m about to go against my own advice by taking a walk in the sun. I’ll prep with some nose spray and eye drops though.



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