(Sorry about the thread title ) Hayfever. As depressing as ebola, and as useful as face cancer, it plagues us all from time to time, effectively ruining the summer. So what are your experiences? How does it affect you? And what do you do to stop it? Personally, I get eyes which stream and itch like anything, and I feel like my eyelids are coated in glasspaper. When I start to sneeze I can't stop, and it hurts my throat. My nose is either running like the Thames, or blocked like the Hoover Dam. This makes it impossible to sleep (thats what MGS4 is for ). I get this general stickiness around my eyes, and I think I'm losing essential fluids, since I have headaches and feel similar to how you feel when you have really bad diarrhea. I also get the sensation of weird reverberations in my lungs when I breathe, which makes funny noises and makes me feel like I've swallowed a kazoo. As for treatment, I take Piriton, since it seems to provide a temporary relief of the symptoms, though I find myself taking two on the occasion it is worse than usual. Their effectiveness also seems to be waning slowly. I have also tried the loratadine tablets (like Clarytin) and I have so far seen no apparent benefits. I've tried eyedrops, which effectively reduces the redness and removes that glass-paper effect, though my eyes are still itchy. The nose thing really can't be helped. I've tried olbas, to little effect, and the Vicks nasal thing is useless since I can't actually blow air through the nostril. I think I'll have to ask the Doc for some Becconase which has worked before. I keep having to wash my face to relieve stickiness, but this makes the eyes worse. I try and eat and drink as much as I would normally, in order to restore lost fluids and energy, but this is difficult when I feel like I have a weasel in my throat. And to treat all that excess mucus, I find a few puffs of the blue inhaler helps. At the moment, I want to behead myself. Luckily, I can keep the pollen on a low by closing my window and plonking myself in front of a TV, but unfortunately, I have to go to school, and next week, as a prefect, I have a sports day to help organise on the fields. Shoot me now.