Warm weather, bright skies, and blooming foliage can lift the worst of moods or, make you sneeze.
Nikki Nolan has been battling allergies, or chronic rhinitis, for more than ten years now. Finding little relief through over-the-counter remedies, she adapted to the discomfort.
"I think I just normalized that, 'Oh pollen makes you sneeze and makes your eyes water.' I'm just going to have to blow my nose after I run every single time, or you know apologize in a business meeting when my eyes are running," Nolan said.
However, her symptoms began to worsen as she dedicated more time to running.
"I had a couple of really pathetic miserable races last fall. It was hot, it was humid and it was high pollen. And I was like I don't know if I can keep doing this honestly, " Nolan said.
Unable to handle the worsening, she sought help. Finding only moderate relief from nasal sprays and allergy pills Nolan decided to undergo a new procedure, Clarifix, suggested by her rhinologist Anthony Del Signore, which uses cryotherapy to freeze irritated nerves.
"So we produce an injury to the nerve. There we're thinking that it's more of a nerve issue that's over sensitized and so we're hitting the reset button to allow for the nerve to sort of calm down for a period of time," said Del Signore, Sinus and Endoscopic Surgeon at Mount Sinai, Union Square.
The procedure takes just minutes, and can be done in the doctor’s office.
Clinical trials performed by the manufacturer of Clarifix, found patients experienced more than a 50 percent reduction in symptoms within 30 days.
"Both the allergic and the non-allergic patients are seeing a relief in both nasal congestion as well as nasal drainage," said Del Signore.
Some patients experienced nasal dryness, while others experienced facial pressure immediately after that went away.
Nolan said while the procedure was uncomfortable, she noticed a change within the first week. She said she's now running better than ever.
"I still haven't quite adapted to the wonderful feeling of being able to breathe, normally. You know I'm not having my eyes running, as soon as I'm waking up in the morning and not having to apologize for always having a tissue at my nose. It's kind of crazy, genuinely it feels like that feeling when you get a pure shot of oxygen," Nolan noted.