I didn't have hayfever until the age of twelve and then it struck with a vengeance in my first year of senior school. Itchy eyes, sneezing, sometimes breathing difficulties, I even get skin rashes from contact with offending plants. It's a bummer for someone who loves the outdoors so much.
The symptoms were at their worst in my teenage years but teachers showed little sympathy. My friend Debbie and I suffered badly with eyes so swollen after being out on the grassy playing fields that we could barely see. Yet both of us were banned from staying indoors during lunch breaks. In the seventies supervising poorly children might have got in the way of smoking in the staff room! We hid ourselves behind coats hanging in the cloakroom and crossed our fingers that we would not be found.