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Spring Allergies – Wiosenne alergie Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in Vocabulary

Wiosna. Spring.

Just the sound of this word alone makes my eyes red and my throat itch. And what it does to my nose is so vile that it shouldn’t be mentioned in public. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – allergy season. And as I’m getting older, it seems that my spring allergies are getting more and more severe, too. I thought it would work the other way round – after years of being exposed to pollen, one should acquire some sort of resistance, right? But apparently – no, that’s not the case.

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So when other people get all excited at the prospect of flowers in full bloom, I think which eye drops would stop me from scratching my eyes out and tossing them to hungry homeless dogs (anything for a minute of relief is fine with me at this point).

So while other women start wearing spring colors and wysokie obcasy (high heels), put on fresh makijaż (makeup), get their hair done, push their chests forward and turn their faces to the sun, I start wearing a surgical mask when going outside. I’d wear goggles too, if I had a pair – to keep me from scratching my eyes so much. And I surround my self with tissues, nose sprays and asthma inhalers.

Yes, I’ve been to the doctor. Many doctors, in fact. They are baffled at the intensity of my allergies, suggest a different nose spray, prescribe steroid-based medication and say: “Only a couple of months of this, and it will get better.” Yes, I know, it will get better – sometime in November . A few misguided medical professionals suggest I get rid of my cats. Yet, all the tests prove I don’t have a cat allergy, can’t they read?

So, in case you also suffer from springtime allergies, here are a few handy words for you:

  • uczulenie, alergia (neuter, feminine) – allergy
  • katar sienny – hay fever
  • krople do oczu (plural) – eye drops
  • aerozol do nosa (singular) – nose spray
  • zatoki przynosowe (plural) – sinuses
  • gardło (neuter) – throat
  • pyłek kwiatowy, pyłek roślinny (masculine, non-personal) – pollen
  • alergolog (masculine) – allergist, medical doctor dealing with allergies

Now if you excuse me, I need to medicate myself, for the umpteenth time today.

Happy spring to you too!

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  1. Ryan:

    Hi, Anna. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now as I begin to learn Polish. I know this blog is tied to Transparent Language so you might not be willing/allowed to give advice on other language programs, but I’m actually wondering if you have any suggestions for language schools in Poland. I’m enjoying learning the language abroad, but while I’m in Poland this summer for a bit I wanted to take courses. Do you have any suggestions for really good language schools anywhere in the country? If it helps with your recommendation, I want to designate two weeks to really, really intense study, then explore the country after that and keep practicing my Polish on the way.


  2. Adam Blomberg:

    Hi Ryan

    I will write a post about Polish language schools this month – as summer holidays are comming soon. I hope you don’t mind that I will replace Anna in this matter.