Sunday 28 December 2014

9 things only people with hayfever understand

Published 01/07/2014 | 09:35

With the sun shining upon us, it's supposed the be the happiest time of the year

Not if you have hayfever.

1. The desire to scratch your eyes out

You've tried it all - rubbing, scratching, even the old pulling the eyelid over for a bit of a relief. Nothing works. Eventually you give up and accept your fate.

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2. No makeup will fix it

Those puffy eyes aren't going to cover up themselves...or let you do anything about it either. Rubbing mascara means you're more panda eyes than bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

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3. You're very educated about pollen counts

'The pollen must be very bad today' is my go-to conversation starter. Did you know that Met Eireann have a special 'Pollen Forecast' section on their website? Lime trees, spores and nettle pollen are topics you never thought you'd be a resident expert on.

4. People will ask if you've been crying

Puffy eyes, watery eyes, excessive blinking. I'm not covering a secret world of inner pain, my body just hates summer.

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5. You wear sunglasses indoors

No, I'm not taking style tips from Bono but your insistence at opening the window has made me want to claw out my eyes out of their sockets.

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6. You're the only person who sounds like you have a cold in the summer

All the attractiveness of sniffles, a stuffed nose mean I sound like a child putting on their 'sick voice' to try and get out of school.

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7. You sound like a drug addict at a pharmacy

'I need the strong stuff today'.

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8. Kleenex tweet you

If you build it, they will come.

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9. You look up hayfever memes

Just me, then?

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