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Q: Pollen or Chemicals?

Last couple of days are proving to be my BCDs as each morning when I walk towards my work place I feel trouble in breathing. It rained for almost 5 days in a row during last week. I can see some tiny particles in the air of which I have no idea. Is it pollen or some sort of chemicals ? Whatsoever it is, I am having hell trouble in facing that. I was expecting fresh air after rain but its going on the contrary. It sucks badly.frown

3 years 20 weeks ago in  General  - Wuhan

 
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No answer or solution, but after the rain, enjoy the mosquitoes!

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No idea but it is driving me nuts.  The pollution indicator on my phone tells me pollution levels are pretty low... Yet the air is drying my mouth out like crazy.  If you look carefully you can see the air is quite cloudy underneath the sunlight.....  I'm guessing there are tons of tiny dust and pollen particles congesting the air.  

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It might be the remains of the chemicals they use to seed the clouds to make it rain wink.

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I don't know where you are in China. In Jiangsu, it's pollen time, especially various kind of grasses, hays and sycamore trees. I'm a very sensitive pollen detector : count the sneezes to know the concentration of pollen, and look how red my eyes are. Rain episodes followed by sun, during Spring, it's pollen time.

Pollen allergy effects might vary, but usually, it's like a very bad cold without the headaches and the muscular pains. Your immune system flags pollen as viruses, and fight the pollen as if it is a virus. So, to very variable degrees:
* sneezing (can be very light, can be violent unstoppable for hours until your nose is bleeding)
* red eyes, feeling itchy

* difficulty to breath
* feeling cold (cold water, cold air) will slow down the symptom (it depresses a bit your immune system)
* alcohol and weed will reduce the symptoms (they are also potent immune system depressants)
* being nervous or angry makes the symptom worse (turbo-charged immune system)

 

Cetirizine is available over the counter in China and it's very efficient to stop the symptom. Beware, cetirizine here is *strongly* dosed, and it have some secondary effects : dry throat and overdosage can makes slightly to mildly depressive/paranoid. I recommend to take half a pill and see how it goes. Take an other pill (or half-pill, or even quarter pill) when the allergic symptyom starts to come back. For a lightweight like me, half a pill of 10mg cetirizine (thus, 5 mg of the stuff) does an excellent job for 36 hours.

Shortness of breath alone can be explained by plain air pollution. If you have the symptom above without any others, allergy is likely prognostic. A sure way to confirm it is to an allergy test. A doctor punch your forearm skin with small pins impregnated with various known allergenic substances. If the pollen-impregnated pins creates a large red itch on the skin, you got a winner. Then the doctor would test various pollen at various concentration to refine the prognostic.

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In Beijing the sky is full of airborne seeds and pollen and is quite annoying.  I never had such allergic reactions before coming to China but last week I was coughing all day.  I don't recall this happening last year or ever since I arrived in 2010. Why is it so bad this year?

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Like NoTime2Lose, i am suffering big time with the airborne seeds: it is so bad here it is like snow at times.

I find a mask works, but then i my breathing suffers, so the question is coughing from the mask fumes or breathing in the large, white airborne seeds. 

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