Oh, the pain of pollen

April 5, 2013


It is the same routine year after year. Summer is just too hot. Nature wilts in the fall. Winter is simply cold and dark. But spring is happy.


There is much to enjoy about every time of year, but it seems as though people are more pleasant in the spring.


In most cases, seasonal affective disorder (depression) symptoms seem to appear during late fall or early winter, the colder seasons, and disappear more during the sunnier days of spring and summer, said the Mayo Clinic website.


Even Tech participates in the jolly mood of spring as we plant tulips in the quad at the start of every spring.


The beautiful colors of the flowers and cheery smiles of the students make Tech the ideal place to be in the spring.


Throughout the long, break-filled winter quarter, students become lethargic and gloomy because the quarter drags on for what seems like eternity.


Therefore, students tend to be burnt out and are in dire need of sunny weather in order to push through the spring quarter.


Tech’s efforts to create a spring atmosphere are quite evident across campus; however, the logic of seasonal depression can be easily proven wrong in Louisiana.


There is pollen everywhere and it poses a problem for many.


One in every five people in the United States has allergy or asthma symptoms, according to WebMD.


The Mayo Clinic website said that people tend to enjoy life more in the spring, but that is not particularly the case in the South.


Spring may bring flowers of all colors of the rainbow, but one of the most irritating things in the world — pollen — piggybacks on every bloom.


Because of pollen in the spring, there is no such thing as a clean car or a completely well body.


It not only lands and sticks to everything, but it also causes non-stop sniffles and sneezing.


Heck, most people cannot go outside to enjoy the “fresh” air.


Pollen causes sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy throat and cough.


The website clarifies that we should not hate the flowers because they have to reproduce, but the sickness severely affects individuals’ opinions of spring.


WebMD said, “It’s a lot like a cold, plus a sore throat and hoarseness, and you usually get it like clockwork when the plants that make the pollen that bother you are blooming.”


People are under the weather throughout the winter season, and just when they think they are free from the cold’s wrath, the spring’s pollen attacks, making things even worse.


The pollen pain could easily lead to a whole new round of depression.


Yes, there is such a thing as spring and summer seasonal affective disorder, including the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, irritability, agitation, weight loss and poor appetite, according to the Mayo Clinic website.


If the experts are correct, there is really no time to be happy.


It is strictly up to us to create our own happiness and not depend on the seasons to decide our mood for us.


So remember to start every day with a smile, no matter the season, cold or pollen.



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