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Achoo! Pollen at its worst in years in many areas (Climate Change Alert!)
AP ^ | 04/09/10 | TAMARA LUSH

Posted on 04/09/2010 10:35:43 AM PDT by GauchoUSA

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pollen: It's on your car, in the air and especially in your sinuses.

From Florida to Texas to Colorado, 2010 is shaping up to be a monster of an allergy season. The words "pollen" and "allergy" are among the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in several U.S. cities. Everywhere, it seems, is covered in a fine yellow dust that irritates our lives. Experts say it's the worst they've seen in years.

"It's wicked bad this year," said Dr. Mona Mangat, an allergy specialist in St. Petersburg, Fla., who can't recall a worse year in the six she's worked there. "We're just overwhelmed with patients right now. We're double- and triple-booked with new patients, trying to work people in because we know how much people are suffering."

And they are suffering a lot. Take 5-year-old Sam Wilson of St. Petersburg. His mom gives him Claritin in the morning, Nasonex and Benadryl at night, and he receives four allergy shots every week. The sidewalks of his hometown are covered in what look like piles of dried, brown worms — but they are mounds of oak tree pollen.

The boy's mother said that when the pollen is at its worst, his eyes water and itch, he can't breathe through his nose and his throat burns.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; libs
It seems this has happened before... weird
1 posted on 04/09/2010 10:35:43 AM PDT by GauchoUSA
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To: GauchoUSA

Yeah like every year about this time.


2 posted on 04/09/2010 10:38:33 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: GauchoUSA

The front of my car is green from all the pollen.


3 posted on 04/09/2010 10:39:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GauchoUSA; Revolting cat!

Socialism is at its worst in 80 decades in America. And yet the press is silent...


4 posted on 04/09/2010 10:39:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GauchoUSA

I think they made a movie a few years ago about how the trees were trying to kill us because we were unkind to the environment.


5 posted on 04/09/2010 10:40:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: GauchoUSA
His mom gives him Claritin in the morning, Nasonex and Benadryl at night, and he receives four allergy shots every week.

Why not use a saline nasal spray (salt water)?

Why go to big-pharma?

6 posted on 04/09/2010 10:41:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think they made a movie a few years ago about how the trees were trying to kill us because we were unkind to the environment.

"Well, how would you like to have someone come along and pick something off of you?"

7 posted on 04/09/2010 10:42:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GauchoUSA
The sidewalks of his hometown are covered in what look like piles of dried, brown worms — but they are mounds of oak tree pollen.

Why don't the cities (workers and neighbors) sweep it up then as you would snow and dead leaves?

Somebody else's job I guess. Even without the aggrivation from the pollen, it is unsightly.

8 posted on 04/09/2010 10:42:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GauchoUSA
The boy's mother said that when the pollen is at its worst, his eyes water and itch, he can't breathe through his nose and his throat burns.

Hop in a sauna.

Chew on pickled garlic.

Plenty of options.

9 posted on 04/09/2010 10:43:22 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GauchoUSA

It’s been TERRIBLE this year in eastern NC. We have a lot of longleaf and loblolly pines out where I live. Until the rain last night, everything was coated in the yellow dust.

It was so thick on my driveway that you could see my car’s tire tracks.


10 posted on 04/09/2010 10:43:34 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: GauchoUSA
This year is especially bad in the Southeast, weather experts say, probably due to winter's unseasonably cold weather.

Winter is "unseasonably cold" now because of all of the global warming I guess.

Kind of like Yogi's "It's so crowded that nobody goes there anymore..."

11 posted on 04/09/2010 10:45:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: a fool in paradise

I swear by this stuff! Occasionally I still need a Zyrtec, though.

12 posted on 04/09/2010 10:45:08 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: rockinqsranch
April Showers Bring May Sneezes!
13 posted on 04/09/2010 10:45:11 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: GauchoUSA

For me the worst is always ragweed. And always August.

Dust is bad but dust can be managed.


14 posted on 04/09/2010 10:46:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Figures.)
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To: Constitution Day
It was so thick on my driveway that you could see my car’s tire tracks.

Pikers. Here in Atlanta, we need to plow the roads to keep them clear of The Powdery Menace. 8^)

15 posted on 04/09/2010 10:47:53 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: GauchoUSA

Get out your classical music records, pull and play Chopin’s Polonaise while you sit back and enjoy!


16 posted on 04/09/2010 10:47:58 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Constitution Day

I take Allegra, but I don’t take 3 different medications at once thinking it’ll do any more for me.

My allergies have amped up this week, I have some hives even.

But I’m breathing much clearer than I did for the past 3 weeks when pollen was high but hadn’t “dropped” out of the trees to a visible level as it did last weekend.

I don’t make light of allergy suffering, I just point out that there are other options. And when you start to get allergic reactions, you may experience even worse symptoms in subsequent years.

But the media’s mantra is that nothing like this has ever happened before.


17 posted on 04/09/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GauchoUSA

Here is my theory:

Liberals and RINOs spend decades heaping bigger and bigger government on the populace causing such oppression that all the honeybees to die off. In an effort to balance the scales, mother nature increases the pollen count so there is so much pollen flying around, plants pollinate themselves without the bees.

For the record, my theory has as much science backing it as the global warming theory.


18 posted on 04/09/2010 10:49:37 AM PDT by anonsquared
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To: Young Werther

I plan to change my air filter this weekend as well.


19 posted on 04/09/2010 10:49:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: a fool in paradise

“Socialism is at its worst in 80 decades in America. And yet the press is silent...”

Silent? They are loudly cheering! They have been anything but silent. Socialism is not a bad word to them. It is a goal to achieve and has been for well over 30 years. Socialism only fails, in their estimation, when it has the wrong leaders. Finally, they believe, it has the right leaders.


20 posted on 04/09/2010 10:49:56 AM PDT by Leonard210 (Tagline? We don't need no stinkin' tagline.)
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To: Leonard210

They cry “fascist” when anyone calls them socialist. They may love the dream of Socialism, but they will only admit it behind closed doors.


21 posted on 04/09/2010 10:50:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: AngryJawa
Pikers. Here in Atlanta, we need to plow the roads to keep them clear of The Powdery Menace. 8^)

Oh, I didn't say how deep it was! ;^)

I had to go out a window just to get out of my house.
The pollen drifts are halfway up the front door!

(I really was being serious about the tire tracks, though)

22 posted on 04/09/2010 10:52:37 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: a fool in paradise

We’re big fans of the netti pot. Put a pinch of salt in warm water and pour it in one nostril and let it run out the other. During flu season or when we feel sinus issues coming on, we use a capful of hydrogen peroxide instead of salt. Burns like hell, but works great!


23 posted on 04/09/2010 10:54:02 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I have had allergy problems since I was a little boy.

You are right, though. The Raleigh,NC TV stations would have you thinking we are having a pollen apocalypse.

I have told a couple of people to stop complaining about it. It doesn’t really last that long, and I consider it part of the price of being able to live here in the South. I like it here. :)


24 posted on 04/09/2010 10:55:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: GauchoUSA

Twice a year allergy sufferers everywhere can tell you what is happening.


25 posted on 04/09/2010 10:55:32 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Young Werther
Until last fall, we had one of these (Palo Verde tree) in the front yard; beginning around this time of year, it'd break out with the yellow blossoms and drive wifey's allergies into high gear.

We had it removed in November because it was affecting our wall's footing - I'll sure miss it's summer shade.


26 posted on 04/09/2010 10:56:03 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: rockinqsranch

Yeah, but it actually is much worse than usual this year. In the Southeast and mid-Atlantic at least, winter was colder and a lot wetter than in previous years, and this sudden burst of warmth we’ve had the past week and a half seemed to pop all the trees into pollen overdrive at once. Everything’s covered in it.

It’s just an annoyance for all but the most seriously allergic...but it’s still an annoyance!

}:-)4


27 posted on 04/09/2010 10:58:22 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: a fool in paradise
"Why not use a saline nasal spray (salt water)?"

Saline spray doesn't do much to shrink the nasal passages as Nasonex does.

28 posted on 04/09/2010 10:59:08 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: a fool in paradise
You may want to consider a change of scenery.

I've had terrible allergies and asthma all my life. Twenty years ago, my wife and I moved to the Low Desert, and I've been OK since then. Yes, the Low Desert does have some allergens, but far far fewer than most other parts of the country.

29 posted on 04/09/2010 11:00:30 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: GauchoUSA

I have gotten “hammered” with bad allergies in the Spring over the past 20 years or so. However, last year and this year it has been MINIMAL..... That’s odd.


30 posted on 04/09/2010 11:02:01 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: a fool in paradise

???


31 posted on 04/09/2010 11:04:28 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: dfwgator

Same here- looks about the way it did last year..


32 posted on 04/09/2010 11:06:10 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Constitution Day

I can’t tell you how charming it is to watch the neighborhood childrenn building pollenmen and having sneezeball fights.


33 posted on 04/09/2010 11:06:38 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia
Nice pic.

My former place out in the western AZ desert had some wild littleleaf palo verdes on it (as well as a few wild ocotillos). I did OK (allergy-wise) with the palo verdes, but the wild white bursage got to me.

I now live in the Mojave Desert of NE AZ (Joshua trees, catclaw, and Mojave yucca) but it's the cheesebush (hymenoclea salsola) that gets to me.

But it's still better than Johnson grass and ragweed!. lol

34 posted on 04/09/2010 11:07:49 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Correction: NW AZ


35 posted on 04/09/2010 11:10:46 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: AngryJawa

LOL!!


36 posted on 04/09/2010 11:13:07 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: AngryJawa
I can’t tell you how charming it is to watch the neighborhood childrenn building pollenmen and having sneezeball fights.

Well you SHOULD do something with those used kleenex...

Meanwhile I switched to using paper towels years ago. They don't fall apart after use.

37 posted on 04/09/2010 11:16:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: cweese

I’ve used Nasonex a couple of times. But people warn against over use to where you then become dependent on it. Like even a couple of days of repeated use.


38 posted on 04/09/2010 11:17:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GauchoUSA
""It's wicked bad this year," said Dr. Mona Mangat, an allergy specialist in St. Petersburg, Fla., who can't recall a worse year in the six she's worked there. ""

I like how they think her 6-years experience is enough to change the world over; I've lived here in Georgia - and we've got plenty of trees - for 64 years, and I have seen worse pollen many times...like...LAST YEAR.

I'm sure it plays out different in other areas, but to imply that it has anything to do with "climate change" is pissing in the river expecting the water level to rise.

One word...(stolen from Sarah Palin) "GoreGate".
39 posted on 04/09/2010 11:48:34 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: GauchoUSA
If they think their plight is bad, they should have seen the massive case of poison ivy I got last year from cutting brush along my back fence. One forearm had to be wrapped in bandages, and even my earlobes were itching at one point.

I had to take TWO courses of prednisone to stop the oozing for good. Benadryl helped to calm the itch down. I don't think that double-dosing on Claritin did much in that area, although I was basically sneeze-free during that time. :-)

Apparently, PI is more vicious as well, producing abundant urushiol (active ingredient) due to increased CO2. Or so they say.

40 posted on 04/09/2010 12:01:25 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light. I hate slow drivers.)
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To: GauchoUSA

The story about Claritin is interesting. It’s only slightly more effective than a placebo at 10mg doses. When it is at a dose that works it causes drowsiness.


41 posted on 04/09/2010 12:05:27 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: GauchoUSA
I don't see mention of CO2 or AGW in the article. Or are you merely anticipating the "explanation" from climate "scientists?"
42 posted on 04/09/2010 12:05:59 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light. I hate slow drivers.)
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To: GauchoUSA

Yeah it’s bad. My husband and daughter are suffering for the first time this year and usually it’s only me and our son. We have the oak “worms’ everywhere and our cars are yellow.

I think the trees love this polluting CO2 so much they are pollenating like crazy. :-)

We use local honey and it seems to alleviate the problem a bit. And taking 24 hour Zyrtec every 12 hours instead. It’s ugly but I can’t help opening the windows and doors to the beautiful weather—we’ll survive!


43 posted on 04/09/2010 12:10:45 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: Leonard210

Silent? They are loudly cheering! They have been anything but silent. Socialism is not a bad word to them. It is a goal to achieve and has been for well over 30 years. Socialism only fails, in their estimation, when it has the wrong leaders. Finally, they believe, it has the right leaders.

How many radio stations/TV Stations/ programs etc does a socialist country need? Will these cheering leftist loving media have a job when it’s all over?


44 posted on 04/09/2010 12:23:04 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: a fool in paradise
I’ve used Nasonex a couple of times. But people warn against over use to where you then become dependent on it. Like even a couple of days of repeated use.

Nasonex is a corticosteroid that usually takes up to a week or more to become effective. It is not habit forming and has few side effects from long term use.

You might be thinking about decongestants like Afrin that should not be used for more than a few days and has some terrible snapback reactions after discontinuing it's use.

45 posted on 04/09/2010 12:31:23 PM PDT by Prokopton
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