Hay, the thing I am around 90% of the time at the barn, reacts strangely with my skin, and if allergy season comes around it makes me drippy, itchy, and sneezy in my sinuses.
But it's mostly a skin thing! I avoid touching it as much as possible and allow the workers to give my horse his meal time flakes, but in some instances, like yesterday, I had to touch it. Yesterday when I had to unclip my horse from the cross ties to allow another horse to pass, he took a bite from a nearby bale of hay, and flung the bale across the aisle. When one of the workers was sweeping she put my brush box on top of the bale so my brush box was spewed across the floor. I ended up having to pick the bale back up, and then re assemble my brush box with all my stuff covered in hay.
When I was done cleaning up the mess I noticed on my right arm, starting from the wrist all the way to the elbow long, straight and red stratches, tons of them, they looked like something that someone who self harms themself would so! Some of them were pretty deep and I can still see them today and many of them were actually bleeding! They were quite itchy as well.
I was wondering if anyone else has these issues regarding hay? How do you guys with hay allergies deal with it? I'm just worried it'll progress to a point where it's difficult to be around my horsie and I don't want that :[