BRIEF: multi-day allergy attack seems to have been cured by spicy food !?!
A couple of days ago I went for a run in the evening (OK, more like a jog/walk), and came back with a really horrible allergy attack. My left eye almost completely swollen shut, my right eye sore, my nose running. Inhaler helps with wheezing, but not with the other symptoms.
I had been planning to work later that evening, at least read email, but I lost the rest of that evening, the entire next day, and into the day after that. Not to mention losing two nights of sleep, propped up for drainage. Using a CPAP is disgusting when the mask fills up with nasal drainage. (Not mucous - that would be really disgusting - but still.) Working when your eyes are swollen shut is also a challenge.
Things eased a bit by the second day, but still bad. I consulted Dr Google. Home remedies recommended included
- Flush - e.g,. with a Neti Pot
- Spray - e.g. Afrin decongestant spray, or simple saline
But that last suggestion: SPICY HOT FOOD. That I can do.
So I did: a package of vegetable korma, augmented by sriracha and other hot sauces. And, within an hour or so, I was much, much, better.
Next time, I try the hot sauce as soon as I feel the allergy attack coming on! I wish I had not waited so long.
I was desperate enough that I drove to the coast to try to escape the Willamette Valley's cloud of pollen and dist from haying, winnowing, and field burning. Helped, but not enough. BTW, it may not have been smart to drive with one eye swollen shut and nose running. I was desperate!
During the attack one particular place in my nose BURNED - as if I had inhaled a prickle burr and it had stuck. Even now, days later, I still feel this hot spot.
a) As a sad commentary on my current lack of social life. This is the sort of thing you might mention in the break room at the office.
b) As a reminder to myself for next time
c) In the hopes that it might help someone else... My blog is unlikely to be high in Google searched by a fellow sufferer. TBD: find a newsgroup or forum for allergy sufferers.