Today I was sneezing so bad I couldn’t think straight. I drank lots of coffee and took an antihistamine. Nothing helped. I went home for lunch and almost didn’t go back to work. Then, just after I sent an e-mail to my boss telling him to put me down for half a sick-day, I stopped sneezing. So I went back in.

I don’t think I’ve had a serious allergy attack since the oak pollen bugged me back in early April. I have no idea what’s bugging me now. Ragweed season is wrapping up, so I don’t think it’s that. It has been humid and hot, but hasn’t rained much lately, so I don’t think it’s mold. No one else seems to be complaining. I just don’t know.

One of these days I’ll see a doctor and ask about some new drugs. I tried Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin back in 1999 or 2000, but they didn’t do anything for me. I’d prefer something I could take as needed, rather than every day. The over-the-counter antihistamines are only sometimes effective, and the side effects can be terrible.

I’m not complaining; I actually consider myself lucky. Having two or three attacks like this per year isn’t too bad, compared to what some people suffer. But it’s nothing to sneeze at.

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