Why am I now allergic to spring time?
May 11, 2011 1:12 PM Subscribe
Can I have acquired an allergy from excessive exposure to some plant? I used to do lab work involving grinding up bits of trees and grasses into fine powders for isotopic analysis. I never noticed any seasonal allergies before I worked in the lab, now I'm a wreck every spring. Causality or merely coincidence?
posted by selenized to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The room in which I did all the grinding had really poor ventilation and the dust would hang in the air once I was finished. While I did wear a N95 dust mask, after a few months I started to notice that my sinuses would clog up and my eyes would get all itchy when I used the grinder. It seemed pretty clear that I was allergic to something I was grinding, but I couldn't decide if I had a mild allergy already that I didn't know about and it was the extreme concentration of allergens in the room that was causing it all, or something else. Since then I now have springtime allergies that I never had before.
To boil it down:
(a) How to allergies work (roughly, for idiots)?
(b) Can one acquire them as an adult?