I am a 61 year old retiree. I spend 7 months in Florida, and 5 months in Rhode Island.
I grew up with allergies… my family all seemed to have stuffy noses, especially at night, and form many years I used Sudafed for this (I lived in New Hampshire then as an adult). Then, I was able to stop this, and although still sometimes stuffy, I used a saline spray and that seemed to help.
Now, I am getting hammered and I don't know why. I am 100% sure that I have a reaction to dairy foods, and have just started trying to go dairy-free. This helps tremendously, but it is not the only thing. I suspect that somehow I am now reacting strongly to pollen, but my real question is about food.
Even when I eat a meal with no dairy (e.g., just now for breakfast), it seems like my system reacts with a runny nose immediately. It seems stupid to think about being "allergic to food", but my reactions are pretty amazing.
I know that the next question is still going to be, "well, what did you eat", i.e., there must be something else. But since my previous reaction to dairy had been so pronounced, I am obviously hoping that that would be the only culprit.
I would appreciate any thoughts, or anecdotes, if anyone recognizes this scenario, and what they recommend.
I admit I am reluctant to go back to an allergy doctor, as I saw a lot of scamming in that when I *did* go to them long ago.