When I lived in the UK I used to be allergic to cats and cut grass, but it was treatable with anti-histamine drugs. Here in China I usually only get an allergic reaction in September/October and, having made it through September dry-eyed, I thought I'd managed to avoid it this year. But October is proving to be a very tearful and sneezy month so far, and anti-histamines provide no relief from what I'm told is almost certainly plane tree pollen. Lots of foreigners get it in Kunming (which is surrounded by forests of plane trees) but it's hard to convince the local Chinese (who don't get it - in more ways than one!) that no, I haven't caught a cold! I've found a website which purports to show the allergy forecast for Kunming, and it predicts today is "extreme"!! Mind you, its weather forecast for yesterday was "mainly cloudy" and yet it poured all day. So we'll see!
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