The most obvious explanation is that you are allergic to Rob and should send him away again.
I know! He's going home tomorrow so we can test that theory.
Low humidity at night can cause itchy throat.
It's really humid here though...I was thinking about that myself. Maybe dehydration? It did suddenly get warmer.
Pollen allergies are generally represented by watery eyes and runny nose (sneezing may also be present). The "classic" sign is the finger-swipe-under-the-nose in response to itchiness. No fever or achiness.
I prefer Claritin which doesn't make me as drowsy as some other allergy meds. I'm not a doctor, just a long-time allergy sufferer. ;-)
Oh, and I agree with feet.
I also use Claritin (24hrs) and I take it right before I go to bed so the drowsiness isn't a problem. Mike has tried Zyrtec and thinks it messes with his mood, he likes Zyrtec-D though.
I've been using generics as they're much cheaper, but maybe I should try a switch. It'd be good if I could figure out if it really is an allergy or not!
It might be a pollen or mold allergy. The sore throat is probably a function of post-nasal drip during the night - I used to get much the same thing when I lived in Pittsburgh. No problem with it here, but I'd be dying for most of track season back at home.
Hmm. Claritin is loratadine (as is the generic I use sometimes). Claritin 24-hour appears to be that plus pseudoephedrine.
Zyrtec is cetirizine hydrochloride. Zyrtec-D is cetirizine hydrochloride plus pseudoephedrine.
Looks like (a) Mike's mood appears to be improvable by use of pseudoephedrine, and (b) you only really have two choices for actually fixing the allergy symptoms, if that's what you have.
I'm taking loratidine at the moment, and the pseudoephedrine should help perk people up aswell as decongest the nasal passages. I think some of the formulas differ in release speed, but the one I have is one tablet every 24 hours, so it's probably slow release.
In conclusion, maybe it isn't allergies, and I've just forgotten how crappy I feel when it starts to get warm and stuffy. I think I will try running tonight and see how it feels.
Funny how conversations can go in different directions, innit Becks?
I'm not sure what you mean!
I've never liked loratadine but recently been taking a nasal spray morning/night and it's been helping a lot (called Avamys, 'fluticasone furoate')
I think my Mum used to use that for a sinus/post nasal type thing. I do mostly have a blocked nose, so maybe that would be a good idea. Might go track some down!
Given the amount of stuff in bloom at the moment (with the pollen currently suspended in fog of approaching pea-soup consistency), allergies is quite possible.