Are you sneezy, congested, and sniffly with allergies this April? You aren't alone. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has predicted a longer and more severe allergy season this spring due to extreme weather patterns (1).
While many call New York a "concrete jungle," city-dwellers aren't spared from seasonal allergy triggers. The AAFA reports that the increased presence of mold in areas damaged by floods can trigger allergic reactions (another potentially lasting effect of Hurricane Sandy). Additionally, that construction project in your neighborhood may be making things worse; pollen from weeds proliferates in places with development projects (1). Yuck.
Last spring, we blogged about how self massage can help alleviate allergies. Massage therapy is a fantastic way to help alleviate the pain and pressure associated with sinus problems, and gently massaging your face in areas like your temples and the sides of your nose can alleviate sinus pressure.