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When ragweed attacks…

Since I’ve been discussing histidine and histamine today (how’s that for a segue to an entirely different topic?), it seems like the perfect time to mention a story I saw yesterday about the ten worst cities for fall pollen, such as ragweed, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

I was amazed to see that none of the cities is located anywhere near where I live. Few of them are where I guessed they might be. Perhaps one of them is where you live, or nearby.

In any case, every year in the late summer and into fall I can look forward to a life of continual snot, with a constant runny nose, sneezing, and coughing due to a nasty postnasal drip. Antihistamines and decongestants have only a mild effect, unfortunately, and I can generally expect more than a month of suffering, depending on the duration of the season. Every year, I swear I’ll finally go to an allergist, but, like many physicians, every year I decide to muddle by again one more time with over-the-counter solutions. I also have spring allergies, but they’re usually nowhere near as bad.

I wonder if homeopathically diluting and succussing ragweed pollen and then drinking it could help. Naaaah. But if ever there were a test of “like cures like,” this would be it.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

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