Humidity and pollen…two of my favorites

So forget game of thrones… #polleniscoming and I’m in need of some advice. So pollen has just begun here in upstate ny and today we had our first taste of summer weather. It was 70 and 80% humidity. I’m super allergic to most of the environmental allergens they can test for and have nasty asthma. I’ve been doing really well since January and have barely needed any albuterol, and have generally been kicking asthma’s butt. However today it was me who’s butt got kicked. How do you all survive the season change, and when do you call your asthma doc? Part of me is saying “this is part of the deal, just suck it up (haha literally) and wait it out”, but the other part of me wonders if there’s something I could be doing differently. Historically the suck it up and wait it out is miserable and ends poorly half the time. Hoping for a better outcome this spring. Thanks all in advance!


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  • Melissa G

    Kelsey, this time of year is really hard! 

    We use our air conditioner instead of having our windows open for starters. 

    What kind of things do you do for your  All five of us have seasonal allergies. Some of us take Zyrtec, others take Xyzal. We also add in nasal sprays and rinses when needed.  is huge too! 

    Do you wear a mask when you go outside?

    Has your asthma provider given you an  so you know what to do for your asthma and when?

    Have you seen  

  • Emelina

    Ugh, sorry the allergies are being annoying. I usually started an oral antihistamine and a nasal steroid spray a few weeks before allergy season gets going. I also try to be careful and change clothes/shower so I’m not bringing pollen into the house and especially not the bedroom. 

    My allergist and pulmonologist really advocate for nasal saline rinses to clean out the allergens so the pollen isn’t sitting there all day freaking out your immune system.

    i call my doc when symptoms start creeping up like needing rescue more than 2 times/week or waking up at night coughing or if the symptoms are distressing (intractable coughing, chest heaviness/squeeze). It can’t hurt to do a quick check in; that’s what they are there for right? I used to shy away from calling my doctors for not wanting to be a bother, but now I’m trying to retrain myself to feel shame in no asking for their expert opinion. Better to get help early than get roasted with a bad flare. Maybe you’ll need a temporary step up in therapy? I used to do that … when pollen kicked my butt, i’d jump up from Flovent to advair. 😁 pollen plays dirty and kicks you when you’re down … so feel free to call for help early! Hope you feel better soon.

  • Kelsey124

    So I'm already on an oral antihistamine and a nasal steroid/antihistamine combo year round. I have all the right covers on bedding and such and wash things as often as I can. I don't wear a mask outside because I can't bring myself to. On the super bad days I just don't go outside. I do however wear a mask when I vacuum. I do the rinses almost every night now that pollen is out and about and can definitely feel the difference in the am if I don't do them. I do have an asthma action plan, and I'm following it, and its working (mostly). Over the last week I'll have a day where I feel super crappy, and follow it, and then wake up the next completely fine solidly back in  the green . This is happening in 2-3 day cycles. I'm already on the max Breo dose, so the only real step up is prednisone and I'm absolutely avoiding that if possible. Mostly because I don't want to break out the big guns before the nature breaks out theirs. I know this season is only going to get worse. I made an appointment for next week, so we'll see what they say. I'm just worried because knowing me I will feel totally fine that day and sound like a crazy person (I know that I'm not). Fingers crossed its a helpful visit.

  • Emelina

    Oofta, sounds like you are doing everything right. Dumb allergies, ugh! I hope you have a good visit next week. As awful as prednisone is with side effects, it does work wonders (currently on 20 daily) but it is a bazooka. 🤞 you feel better soon.

  • Melissa G

    Kelsey, how did you do over the weekend? The pollen count here has been crazy! I am ready for some rain to get some relief. 

  • Shea

    Kelsey, it sounds like your doing a lot– it is hard for me to think if anything else to try– except, do you have a HEPA purifier in your room? I really love mine. I have a Germ Guardian HEPA air purifier right next to my bed. It is really good for capturing fine pollens and other allergens too, and since we spend a lot of time sleeping in our rooms each day it is one thing that is easy to control. Its also good to run on high during vacuum days along with masking during the actual vacuum part (and I kniw you said you already mask up). I used to get flared up on vacuum days too even with masking and i realuzed it stirs stuff up for a while after you are done so I run my hepa and a/c on high for a while after I am finished vacuuming and dusting too and I have noticed that really helps.

  • Kelsey124

    I did okay over the weekend. The pollen count has been super high especially with birch which is one of my worst, so I've just avoided outside all together. I saw my asthma doc today and as suspected allergies are the culprit here. We switched up my antihistamine and were gonna try round the clock albuterol to see if that helps. If by next week I'm still yellow zoning we'll add prednisone. I'm glad I went, there really is no reason to suffer if you don't have to. 

    I finally got my landlord to turn the stinking heat off so I'll put my AC in sometime in the next day or so. Shea I'm definitely going to look into a HEPA air purifier. Probably a good thing to add. Gonna have to wait until after graduation though. The plus side about all of this is I'm in cardiac/critical care/respiratory right now for my last semester of nursing school. Were almost done and on the respiratory stuff and I'm finding it quite easy given the exposure I've had with respiratory care. Final is gonna be a breeze

  • K8sMom2002

    Kelsey, glad you talked to your doc!

    For me, it's an "all of the above" sort of thing, and if I can dial back one aspect, it can make a huge difference. 

    For instance, a sharp increase in humidity can make me really struggle. Keeping the humidity lower can help me. 

    Temperature changes are the same — in the spring and summer, if I have to get into a car, and there's anyone else available to start it up and get the air running, I ask them to do it. If not, I'll bring an ice pack with me to keep me a bit cooler, or I'll leave the windows of the car open a bit to let the worst of the heat escape. When I get in a car that has been closed for a bit in the sun, I always open all the windows (and if there's a sunroof in the car, that, too) to let as much of the heat out as possible.

    And I agree with Shea … some people may benefit from an air cleaner. 

    As you search on air cleaners, could you begin with a search of ? 

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  • Kelsey124

    I’ve been doing well! I spend my summers in California so my allergy symptoms are a lot better here. I’m up in the mountains, so the air is squeaky clean. The dryness can be a problem but i have a humidifier that i run all night that really helps. Thanks for checking in!

  • K8sMom2002

    Yay, Kelsey! That sounds like a major improvement for you. What sort of plans will you make to adjust things when you head back home at the end of the summer?

  • Kelsey124

    Start working in the hospital as a nurse and save up to buy a house that i can customize to be allergy/asthma friendly. Also move closer to the mountains away from all the plants/factories. Coming to California is sometimes a crap shoot though. My allergies are way better but the occasionally massive fire produces a lot of smoke which can suck, but only for a few days.