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Offline P-Kasso2

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I have been a Hay Fever Sufferer since the year dot.
  So, when not rubbing my eyes to shreds, I was delighted to notice that the Met Office had started issuing Pollen Warnings.

But one other thing that puzzled me then, and still perplexes me to this day, is this...

How do the bods at the Met Office DO it?

So there you are folks, two questions under one roof...

How big does a pollen grain have to be before it sets me off in gales of sneezing?

and...

How do the bods at the Met Office DO it?  Answers on a postcard to me as usual at IA on this thread.
« Last Edit: 28 July, 2019, 02:31:18 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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How do the bods doit? Well they have a spiny, sticky rod that the pollen lands on. Very scientific!
How big does pollen need to be? Pollen is generally between 20 and 35 microns (according to Allergy Cosmos.)
However it's not the size that counts! It's the type.
Hubby is affected by grass and trees in May/June and again in late August/September by trees.
I'm affected by Rape flowers and Privet.
It's worse when it rains as the pollen comes back down with the rain.
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When I was lucky enough to be living in Norway about 30 years ago, the company doctor, on hearing that I suffered from Hay Fever, ran a test where he drew a gi-normous Naughts and Crosses grid on my forearm - of 48 squares.

He then pricked my skin in different squares with different pollens or pollen extract and said "Come back in about a week's time".

I came back in a week's time and showed him how practically every bliddy square (from privet hedges, golden rod and rose bushes to pine trees, ash trees, beech trees and aspen trees and back again) had come up in an angry red lump.

I said "What's it all mean, Doc?"

He looked at me seriously and said solemnly "You are allergic to ze world".

I said "What's the cure?"

He said "Come to my office every day for 40 injections - then after 6 months we can cut the injections down to every 3 days for another 6 months.   Then to once a week for another 6 months."

I gasped "No can do" and promptly emigrated further to a small island off Hong Kong where I had absolutely NO symptoms of Hay Fever in over 3 years.   Miracle!

So Tecspec my cure for Hay Fever is to Live On An Island - because there are no plants out to sea and therefore no pollen out to sea to waft up my nostrils.

Works a treat!



« Last Edit: 01 October, 2019, 09:22:24 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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