Golf Season Means Allergy Season
By Kickntrue on 4/5/10
[Andrew Note- I'm taking off Monday. Nathan will guide you through it. Please harass him in the comments accordingly.]

By Nathan Trifone, oobgolf Contributor

Where I’m from, we have a distinct weather condition I am confident could be defined as full season: pollen season.

Each spring as the temperatures begin to warm and the trees and flowers start to bloom, we are inundated with pollen showers and the streets turn lime green. Everything outside gets covered in pollen. The trunk of my car was open in my garage and after only 10 minutes, it was covered in pollen!

Pollen season usually coincides with the start of golf season so for me and other allergy-burdened golfers, the first few rounds are a struggle. Thank goodness for allergy medicine!

If I don’t take allergy medicine before I play, I’ll be sniffing and sneezing and wheezing up and down the course. By the time I get on the 18th green, I don’t even bother trying to line up my putt, I’m just trying to finish!

When it comes to taking medicine, typically I’m pretty stubborn. However, I’ve learned to always carry allergy medicine in my bag.

Luckily though, pollen season usually includes a lot of rain which helps wash away the pollen. You know what they say “April showers bring May flowers” – and full and lush golf courses for many great rounds of golf for the summer!

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[ comments ]
KVSmith59 says:
lol. This is an older web post, but where I live, Sacramento, is ranked 42nd worst for allergies. Here's a link:
mustang6560 says:
wow. great find!
bplewis24 says:
I'm in Sacramento too. Thankfully I don't get too affected by allergies. I can't wait for the summer though, this wind and rain really puts a damper on my rounds.
KVSmith59 says:
yep, pretty sick of the rain. As far as allergies go, a lot of people I know that moved here said they never had allergies before, and after living here for a few years developed them.
Bryan K says:
I think a lot of this has to do with what one is allergic to.

I have terrible allergies. I'm dangerously allergic to mold, and I'm heavily allergic to grass. That's quite convenient for a golfer since about 95% of the foliage in the Fargo area is grass and mold. The grass that I'm most allergic to is a substance called Dakota weed, which is indigenous to North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota (and not much anywhere else). And, cannot smoke Dakota weed. I'm allergic to pollens as well, but except for rose pollen, it doesn't affect me nearly as much.

My allergies were especially bad when I was in Omaha about two weeks ago, and they tend to act up when I'm in the Twin Cities as well. However, when I've spent time in Tulsa, Phoenix, and Wyoming in the recent past, my allergies all but disappeared.
birdieXris says:
thank goodness I don't have allergies. I don't know what i would do!!! I feel bad for everyone who does. I'm sure it makes it a little less enjoyable.
chiroscottman says:
There is a new treatment for allergies called the bax3000 put out by bioveda technologies. Look it up, I quit golf for 3 years because of my allergies and now I am back in the game!
mustang6560 says:
that doesn't surprise me. i'm surprised i don't see more allergy commercials geared toward golfers.
whomsley says:
I suffer horrible allergies and this is the time they usually came on strong. I would fill my body full of allergy medicine and nasal sprays with no rear relief. My wife uses a Neti Pot to rinse her sinuses everyday. i decided to give it a try and have not taken one allergy pill or been effected by this allergy season. Take my word, it works, I swear. Here is a link to the one I use:
Bryan K says:
For me, using the neti pot is worse than the actual allergy symptoms.

One thing I've discovered that does work for me is capsaicin pepper spray.
jduchene says:
It takes a little time to get used to the neti pot. I was not a believer in it until i needed it.
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