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Self-Care For Allergies


By Hanna Kim - June 13, 2018

You might have seen this video of a man tapping a pine tree and releasing a plume of pollen. It went viral a few months back, as it probably prompted a feeling of resonance amongst allergy sufferers. You might also have noticed clouds of pollen in the mountains while driving by the pine-filled forests of the Rockies, and it is no surprise why more people are dealing with allergies in Colorado this spring.
 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and National Wildlife Federation co-published a report in 2010 linking climate change to an increase in allergens. Their study showed that warmer average temperatures encourage plants to pollinate longer. It is now mid-June and pollen count for trees and grass in Denver are still running high, causing symptoms including runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and hives to be a lingering annoyance for many.
 

I’ve heard from a dozen or so friends and massage clients that they’re experiencing symptoms for the first time this year, or symptoms seem especially bad this year. For myself, allergies are generally so bad that over-the-counter medicines help, but don’t take away all the symptoms. Here are a couple of things I do to reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.


Keep Your Home Allergen Free

Have you noticed you might be fine throughout the day, but start feeling congested when you get into your bedroom? Pollen accumulates on your body and clothing when you go on hikes, and even when you’re just walking around in town. Pine trees and other plants can pollinate up to 300 feet away. Make sure to wash bedding, curtains, carpets, clothing, (and of course, yourself) regularly.

 

Enjoy The Indoors With An Activity Like Yoga Or Massage
Check the pollen count online, and if it’s too high for your tastes, try an indoor activity like yoga. RiNo Yoga Social offers a variety classes lead by independent yoga teachers. Lymphatic drainage massage targeting the lymph nodes on your neck as well as facial massage can help drain and decongest your stuffed-up sinuses.

While stress does not cause allergies, it can worsen the symptoms you already have. Stress releases hormones and chemicals, including histamines, into your bloodstream. Histamines are the chemicals that produce allergy symptoms.
 

By taking some time to de-stress, you can also decongest.
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About The Author

Hanna Kim has been practicing massage therapy at LoDo Massage Studio since 2016. She ventured into the world of complementary healthcare through massage, after studying Advertising and Intercultural Communications in college. She enjoys combining her passions for writing and wellness, and loves sharing what she learns with others.