Be greater than your allergies
DATING AND ALLERGIES, OH MY.
TIPS ON DATING WITH ALLERGIES
If you have allergies, dating may be a challenge. A sneezefest is not a turn-on. Rubbing itchy, watery eyes may give the impression you’re bored and tired. Yes, dating can be no picnic (especially when you’re on a picnic during pollen season). So if you do have allergy symptoms, here are some dating scenarios you may find yourself in or want to avoid.
A NOT SO ROMANTIC WALK IN THE PARK
Grass pollen can set off seasonal allergies. So can mold found on logs and fallen leaves.1 This can leave you reaching for a pack of tissues when you’d like to be holding someone’s hand instead. Give yourself a break and suggest a not so pollen-ridden way to pass the time.
HERE, KITTY KITTY
About 30-37% of American homes has at least one cat.2 If you’re among the 15-30% of people allergic to typical domestic pets, this can present certain challenges when meeting your date’s dear animal.3 If you know your date is a pet-owner, plan ahead and take your allergy medication.
So you’re invited up for a cup of coffee at the end of the date. But you’re allergic to their dusty house! This situation is embarrassing for both people involved. Dust mites are extremely common. Fortunately, many dust mite situations can be relieved with some serious dusting, cleaning, sweeping, and a HEPA air filter.4
Mold allergies peak in the fall and are common indoors and out. Sneezing, coughing and runny nose are typical mold allergy symptoms. So when you’re planning your perfect fall outing you might want to avoid rolling around in piles of fall leaves or spending too much time at the pumpkin patch.5
1. Pollen and Mold Counts. (1995, January 1). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://acaai.org/allergies
2. Eye (Ocular) Allergy Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics
3. Pet Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, https://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=24&cont=347
4. Dust Allergy. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://acaai.org/allergies/types/dust-allergy
5. Pollen and Mold Counts. (1995, January 1). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=234