Welcome to (Achoo!) spring.

Anyone else feeling it? Watery eyes. Drippy nose. Tissue in hand. The outdoor world is finally matching the calendar.

Every year I swear I’m going to find a way to beat back seasonal allergies without the haze and sleepiness that accompany the treatments that actually work for me. Every year I’m defeated.

My next great hope? A vaccine! One’s been developed for ragweed, which also gets me. It looks like it can only be found in Canada, though. Maybe it’s time for a road trip.

What else is new out there? I haven’t been to the doctor for allergies in years. I grew tired of him always pointing me to OTC remedies. Has anything new come onto the prescription market that might make a difference?


  1. When I was young I saw an allergist who made his own vaccines–tailored them for every patient. It meant getting a shot every week, even twice a week at peak season, but it really worked! My allergies are nowhere near as severe as they once were, and I haven’t been treated in decades.