Apr 04 2011 Published by under Medicine & Health

The weather has been gorgeous so I've been in agony these past few days. Why? Allergies, of course.

Currently, I am heavily medicated with cold medications and antihistamines, neither of which are effective (I've come to the conclusion that any medications that are not woo that are available in Germany require either (1) me standing in line for half an hour, followed by another ten to twenty minutes of begging the pharmacist for ten wee tablets or (2) a hospital stay). Since it is evening now, I can actually see again, although I spent a good portion of the day stumbling around the flat, unable to see because tears are streaming out of my eyes or I attempting to resist the urge to claw my eyes out. I also have to resist the urge to claw my skin off, too. And of course, I constantly feel like I have to vomit, too.

And these symptoms are the fun I get to experience after five years of allergy therapy, and after swallowing who knows how much cold medication and antihistamines these past few days. Since my allergies have caught up with me once more, I think it's time to move far, far away. Again. One day, there'll be nowhere left in the world where I can live without wanting to fling myself out of the window most of the time due to allergy miseries.

5 responses so far

  • The Founding Mothers says:

    Alas, I tried for many years in Finland, but did not find a cure for Bob's Spring sense of humour. My condolences.

  • Argh. Could you find an allergologist? You probably don't even need a referral from your Hausarzt.

  • That's one of the great things about living in Korea- I seem to be allergic to everything in Canada, but only some things there. I hope that whatever's affecting you goes out of season soon.

  • I'm surprised you didn't have allergies in Seattle and I'm surprised they don't have good anti-allergy meds in Germany.

    My favorite allergy drugs are Claritin, if I want to be awake, and Benadryl, if I want to sleep.

  • grrlscientist says:

    oh, but i had lots of allergies in seattle. when in seattle, i ended up in the ER -- twice -- with allergic anaphylaxis. i almost died once. from inhaled allergens. worse, allergies interfered significantly with my field work as a grad student.

    the docs freaked out to realize how allergic i am to almost everything and put me into allergy "therapy" for six years. sadly, i've used every sort of prescription and over-the-counter med -- fexofenadine, loratadine, cetirizine, clemastine -- available for allergies and none work, even when i use 2-3 times the recommended dosage. well, benadryl works (sorta), but makes me into an uncoordinated drooling idiot.

    oddly, german doctors like to slip their patients placebos and pretend it's a real medication. however, since i didn't grow up in a hotbed of woo, homeopathy and sugar pills have no effect on my allergies (nor on my migraines, either). i suppose at some point i should go see a real doctor, but after a botched surgery on my shattered elbow, i do not trust german doctors.