I live close to both schools. I did not have any allergies until I moved to this area after college 25+ years ago. I now have year-round allergies that must be managed on a daily basis. If it’s the area or I would have gotten them anywhere who knows. But, I am allergic to basically everything alive on the planet - though I seem to be fine with all drugs and food.
I usually recommend allergy suffers to study their symptoms with what bloom and the time of year. Of course, this takes years to figure out. I’ve had plenty. For me, my year round symptoms are the typical sinus issues. When trees and flowers are blooming in the spring, I get the itchies - itchy nose, ears, and (the worst!) mouth. I also get super gooey eyes and wake up looking like a crack addict.
The grasses are my biggest trigger and they peak twice around here. From mid April until mid June and then again from mid August until the first frost around November. That primarily affects my breathing while running.
So, the summer months aren’t the peak months except for the humidity/heat which my body also hates! I’m just flat out miserable in July/August from the heat. I swell like beach ball which is oh so good for the ego.
Anyhow, what to do? I did allergy shots for 4 years and could never make it to maintenance level. They said I was just too highly allergic to too many things. Joy. But switching to a daily dose of Nasocort (generic OTC) and Zyrtec (same) has cleared up 90% of my daily symptoms. Prior to this, I used to literally sneeze 50 times in a row after every shower. It was exhausting. Now, the only sinus stuff I have is pressure behind my eyes. When the itchies start in the peak time, I add the OTC Generic Opticon allergy eye drops. I will also take a OTC severe allergy pill as needed during at peak times. And finally, those sinus rinses (neil med kits) are a godsend. Once the packets are gone, it’s just a mix of 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of baking soda. I’ll do this once/day - but never right before bedtime. You need to be upright long enough for everything to drain. And I’ve also found it not to be good if you are already very stuffed up The extra fluid can get stuck and prone to infections.
But long story short, once I figure out this routine and how to manage my symptoms, I’ve been so much better. My last sinus infection was 8 years ago!