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Archive for July, 2012
Like many people, I sit in front of the computer all day for my work. Sometimes, I get so caught up in what I am doing that I don’t realize my body is contorted in a way that is unnatural and unhealthy.
I could move around pretty comfortably as long as I didn’t breathe deep so it wasn’t a big deal to take a walk outside. My neighbor had just mowed their lawn, the air was dry and soon I felt that tickle in my nose from grass pollen flying around.
No surprise, I felt a sneeze coming on, followed by searing pain from back muscles I didn’t know I had. Suddenly the urge to sneeze went away.
It happened a few more times until I grabbed my herbal-enhanced saline spray to rinse out irritants in my nose and intercept any urges to sneeze. It helped a lot although blowing my nose afterwards had to be done gently due to the same muscles being used.
I went to a massage therapist who promptly me told me all the things I was do wrong when I am in front of the computer. The massage truly helped and I was finally able to sneeze the other day.
This experience has led to my new appreciation for the human body. The Body tells us when it is threatened or not being cared for. Unfortunately, we don’t always listen.
It is letting us know when we do not sit straight and thereby strain muscles that keep us intact and on the move; or when we get sniffles from inhaled pollutants.
I now get up and walk around and stretch more frequently to avoid muscle strain. I also use my non-medicated saline spray when my nose first feels itchy so I can avoid further discomfort.
While timing is not always opportune, I would still rather be able to sneeze.
I think I’m allergic to cats.
I know I’m not alone but what is strange is that I’m in my mid-40’s and have never had any trouble with felines – at least not the sneezing and sniffles trouble.
This realization came last week while taking care of our neighbors’ cat while they were away on vacation. They were gone for a week and their normally aloof cat suddenly wanted my company. I was happy to oblige until my nose started itching, I began sneezing and I even felt my throat close up.
Fortunately, I have an herbal-enhanced nasal spray that I use daily. I don’t have any chronic sinus problems but I find that regular use of the saline spray helps keep my sinuses clear and refreshed for when I am exposed to airborne pollutants.
The saline nasal spray helped immediately by rinsing out the dander so that I could tolerate cuddling with him until the neighbors came home.
Now, I have lived with dogs for most of my life and, thankfully, do not experience any discomfort other than when our dog spends time outside during allergy season and gets pollen in her fur. One of my roommates even had a cat but that was more than 20 years ago and I haven’t been exposed to a feline for extended periods of time since.
A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that the risk of cat dander allergies is lower if you had a cat as a child. It also found that if you have other preexisting allergies to other substances, it increases the risk of cat allergies.
Other recent studies have indicated the same that when children are exposed to potential allergens at an early age, they are likely to build up immunities that prevent allergic reactions.
Since my neighbors are now home, I’m pretty sure the cat will resume his aloof behavior so I won’t need to see additional insight from my medical practitioner.
Still it was eye-opening to learn that adults can develop allergies and that recognizing it and acting quickly can be the best way to avoid discomfort.
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