I wrote about once I finally went to the doctor for my lingering plagues, I was the typical bad patient, wanting my doctor to drug me up.
Allergy patients are often sensitive to a number of allergens, and allergy symptoms emerge only when cumulative exposure to these allergens pushes them over the symptom threshold. As long as the cumulative exposure is below threshold, allergy symptoms are not present. But once the threshold is breached all hell breaks loose. For example, a patient may be sensitive to three allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. For 11 months of the year, the cumulative load of the pet dander and house dust mites is just below the threshold. No symptoms. But that one month when pollen is in the air, the patient is over the threshold and symptoms are unmanageable. As a result, a patient suffering from terrible allergic symptoms during pollen season may be able to avoid these symptoms by targeting and reducing their exposure to other allergens, in short, rendering their sensitivity to pollens less than harmful.*
Sounds reasonable to me. And that's where I was a few weeks ago. I fully credit the steroid treatment for letting my enjoy life a little more.