Woke up with:
- Eyes itchy, watery & swollen like round puffy buttons
- A congested nasal passage
- A sinus-type headache
My years in Bombay have left me with an upper respiratory allergy (nose-throat area), which gets aggravated during the winters thanks to lower levels of humidity...which leads to a larger number of dust particles & pollution-whatever-you-call-it suspended in the air.
I’ve been waking up with itchy, watery eyes & a clogged nasal passage most days this winter. Sometimes it is accompanied by congestion & irritation in the throat as well, depending on how cold it is & the amount of dust & pollution outside.
What follows is a ritual of steam inhalations, hot water gargles, nasal decongestants & eye drops, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Today is one of those severe symptom days. I’ve been told eucalyptus & camphor oils are also effective in clearing the nasal passage.
A drug I swear by is Allegra. It works like magic! But it's a strong drug, so I avoid taking it unless I'm in really bad shape.
It’s a pain, I tell you, living with this condition. It’s irritating to say the least. Sometimes I hate big city living.