As I sign in, I check the name before mine to remind myself to pay attention when that name is called. Then I search for something interesting to read. Finding a National Geographic magazine, I quickly became engrossed in the pictures. Slowly, I became aware that the receptionist is sniffling. When I look up, her eyes are watery. As she realizes several pairs of eyes are looking at her, she apologizes and says she has allergies.
Even though I do not suffer from this malady, I sympathize with those who do. Which of these symptoms - sniffling, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, congestion, fatigue, dry, itchy or watery eyes - is your nemesis? What alternatives to medication, such as using a neti pot, hypnosis, or dietary changes, have you tried to get relief?
Those of you with seasonal allergies already know that pollen is not your friend. Your immune system responds to pollen by cranking up the production of histamines. Histamines are chemicals your immune system lets loose when the body has an allergic reaction. These chemicals attach themselves to cells and play havoc with your nose, eyes and/or sinuses. Add daily stress to that allergic reaction and your symptoms are likely going to worsen.
Now you already know massage is excellent for reducing your stress level. Although there has not been a lot of research done on seasonal allergies and massage therapy, some people feel massage helps to alleviate their symptoms. Keep that in mind if your usual treatment seems lacking.
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