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Hiking with Spring Pollen Allergies

Spring is slowly arriving in coastal Virginia and the pollen is killing me.

At this exact time last year, on a weekend 2-nighter backpacking loop called "Three Ridges", just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, I thought I was dying from the flu or something, later deduced pollen or something.

I'm headed out for another weekend loop next week, any recommendations?

Ha, the symptoms, seem to mimic the issue "that must not be named".

thanks in advance.

REI Member Since 1979
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REI Member Since 1979

Felt like my whole back caught fire and someone tried to put it out with itching powder!  Fortunately, they remove the ink with an antihistamine cream.  Went away almost immediately.

Retired medical technologist and engineer
REI member since 1978
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