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Seasonal Allergies Causing Symptoms?
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This is the second year that something like this has happened. I had one glutening about a month ago, but quickly got over it after discovering the culprit. That was mid-late April. Fast forward to mid-May and like clockwork, my seasonal allergies began about 2 weeks later. Last year my allergies weren't too horrible, because of the messed up Spring we had (I live in Michigan and it hit 90 in March, which really messed the plant life up around here). I had sporadic gluten symptoms, despite eating what had all winter given me no issues. Much like my allergies last year though, they weren't too terrible and went away quickly.

 

This year, I'm back to eating the same old trusted items in the wake of my glutening in April. My birthday is next week, so I'm being SUPER cautious so I don't have to deal with being sick that day. Like I said, my seasonal allergies flare up in early-mid May, which they did this year, only FAR worse than last year since tree pollen counts are insanely high around here. Much like last year, I'm having gluten symptoms despite eating clean, and this year they're much worse than when it happened last year, which seems to coincide with my seasonal allergies being more intense.

 

Am I insane for thinking there's a connection between one autoimmune response and my gluten issues? Has anyone else dealt with this?

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I have a terrible time with headaches and exhaustion in the late winter/early spring. CEDAR.

I constantly struggle with feeling like I'm in the midst of an AI flare - and I may be, but it is definitely linked to seasonal allergies. It's obvious - wind, dust, blooms - more AI symptoms. They are all over the place - generally my body is just more sensitive. I constantly question if I was glutened.

I take antihistamines - generic Costco Claritin. I also use a Neti Pot (lifesaver), and am careful about washing my hair daily (gets the allergens off), and always wash my face at night.

Allergens are falling here, I can feel it. Can't wait for summer monsoons to clean the air up.

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I am dealing with the same thing.  Cedar here too and the pine trees.  I could have written pricklypear's response myself.  :)

 

I hope you feel better soon! - And Happy Birthday

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Well, at least I know I'm not imagining it. Hope you guys feel better soon as well, and thanks for the birthday wishes!

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I have a terrible time with headaches and exhaustion in the late winter/early spring. CEDAR.

I constantly struggle with feeling like I'm in the midst of an AI flare - and I may be, but it is definitely linked to seasonal allergies. It's obvious - wind, dust, blooms - more AI symptoms. They are all over the place - generally my body is just more sensitive. I constantly question if I was glutened.

I take antihistamines - generic Costco Claritin. I also use a Neti Pot (lifesaver), and am careful about washing my hair daily (gets the allergens off), and always wash my face at night.

Allergens are falling here, I can feel it. Can't wait for summer monsoons to clean the air up.

Here, here!  I agree.  When pollen count is high, use antihistamines, neti pot, and shower before you go to bed every night.  Keep your bedroom pollen free as much as possible.  Shower after working in the yard.  My brother wears a mask while riding his lawnmower and showers immediately after he's done to avoid tracking in all the pollen/grass into his house.  

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Here, here!  I agree.  When pollen count is high, use antihistamines, neti pot, and shower before you go to bed every night.  Keep your bedroom pollen free as much as possible.  Shower after working in the yard.  My brother wears a mask while riding his lawnmower and showers immediately after he's done to avoid tracking in all the pollen/grass into his house.  

Forgot to mention that during allergy season, my food intolerances increase dramatically -- no cheating for me.

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