OK, over the years I remember reading several replies about allergies. I think many of them while discussing bees, dust masks, etc... I did a search on threads tonight and found about a dozen threads to skim through. None of them too recent either... so I thought it wouldn't hurt to start a new one. Well, I guess I have been in denial a while about things. I used to be bothered by nothing other than poison oak, poison ivy, and fiberglass (like insulation). But something has changed over time and my histamines must be going wild. It started with severe swelling from bee stings. Particularly yellow jackets. This was sort of explained away by me being told that over time and numerous stings a person can develop in increasing allergic reaction. As of the last time, I still don't have to have the Epi-Pen. Something like benadryl seems to help. But also, over time I have developed some pretty bad sinus problems too. I can't really put a time line on it. But I used to only get a little hay fever type thing the same time every year. Not the case anymore. I don't know, but over the winter it seems it really escalated. I'm not talking stuffy nose, itchy-watery eyes, etc. It started like that, with BURNING eyes on occasion, and I would say "I must have gotten into something".... but not anymore. I'm talking about severe sinus pain that will get so bad you can't tell where the pain is coming from anymore, so I'm eating sinus & pain pills that sometimes help and sometimes don't.... and it can get worse to the point where I black out from the pain. Most often at night. I thought this time it was a severe sinus infection, and it was, but I am starting to accept maybe that's not all it was. I couldn't get relief, but since breaking down and going on the Claritin 24 I've had no more pain. Amazing. I've been doing fine in that respect since going on it, and I've also been more relaxed, which is nice. But I've stopped taking it as of now. For me the stuff is starting to get like a tranquilizer... It would be great for my insomnia... except I seem uneffected at night before falling asleep. Instead, once I go to sleep, I can hardly get up in the mornings and I'm droggy for hours into the day. So much so that I want to just go home, shower and crash. And to beat all it's not supposed to even do this to you. Maybe it's just me??? Because sometimes Benadryl jacks me up, and other times knocks me out? I dunno. Anyways, I'm wondering if anyone else here has 'developed' allergies during their adult life... and I'm also wondering if you think it developed from years of mowing... and how you cope? Myself, I feel unsure what to think. Maybe that's because I so want to NOT have allergies. I don't know. But I do see that we breath in a lot of crap over a lot of years... Yet at the same time I sorta think it's unrelated in a way, because the big change happened over the winter... and I seem to have more troubles at home than in the field now that I'm back to work.