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Medical Mystery: They told her it was flu, but it took years to find the truth

Her bathroom collapse two months later led to five days in the hospital. She was surprised to learn she had eosinophilic pneumonia, a form of the lung infection caused by an increase in eosinophils, a type of white blood cell. Drugs, including aspirin and other NSAIDs — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories — can cause an increase in eosinophils for reasons that are not well understood. A pulmonologist who saw Bates in the hospital warned her that she was essentially allergic to NSAIDs and should never take them again.

Two years after her pneumonia, Bates moved to Northern California. She hoped the new climate would be better for her health.

Instead, her problems got worse.

In December 2015 Bates was referred to Feng. Her ear, nose, and throat specialist had recommended endoscopic surgery to alleviate her repeated sinus infections and remove nasal polyps. But first he wanted to ensure that Bates did not have underlying allergies, such as to tree pollen or grasses, which could compromise the effectiveness of the operation.

Is Seattle's climate harsh on people with asthma and allergies?

How severe?


The spring and fall can be harsh. The amount of pollen flying in the air drives my children and me nuts! However it’s nothing that a good box of lotion infused Kleenex and some Benadryl can’t handle.
We usually have allergy attacks for


It can be. There is a lot of pollen in the air, especially in spring and fall. But I've lived all over and have found that I react to the pollen in different places differently - must be my sensitivities do the pollen of different plants.


Allergies yes we have a lot of pollen around here but asthma no our air is very clean compared to other states

Drivable Trails in Washington State Seattle Area?

I am new to the Seattle area and have gone on several hikes (Lake Serene, Cascades and Rattlesnake Mountain). My parents are coming to visit, and I want to show them some of Washington state's natural beauty.

Unfortunately they don't have


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer


There are some locations like that, but only if you are willing to do a 2-3 hour drive to get there, with another 2-3 hour drive to get back.

Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) to Winthrop is a lovely drive for example, and the drive to


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer