Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
1 Oct 2021
7:30 am

Allergies: the teary side of spring

Asanda Matlhare

I constantly have to make sure I have tablets in my handbag that will keep my allergies at bay.

Spring flowers in bloom in Pretoria outside the Union Buildings, 31 August 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The first month of spring, which is usually not the hottest and still very windy, is when pollen is suspended in the air, plants begin to blossom and when my allergies go haywire. I have a love-hate relationship with this particular season. Not only does it get progressively warmer and I can wear my favourite sun dresses and eat mouth-watering fruits like mangos and watermelon, but I constantly have to make sure I have tablets in my handbag that will keep my allergies at bay. Coming, as I do, from a family that suffers from allergies, I have suffered from...