The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports, “In 2018, approximately 24 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). This equals around 8% (19.2 million) of adults and 7% (5.2 million) of children.”
For those who are part of this population, it can be challenging to spend time outdoors during allergy season. This is especially frustrating for people who enjoy going for trail runs or visiting City Centre Park in St. Peters,.
In this post, we review tips for exercising outdoors if you have seasonal allergies.
Know Your Triggers
The first thing you should do this season is get an allergy test. This way, you know exactly what you’re allergic to and what you need to avoid. For example, if you know you’re allergic to certain tree pollens, you can choose a field with none of those types of trees around.
Take Allergy Medication
Over-the-counter allergy medications can help prevent or treat any symptoms caused by exercising outdoors. We recommend talking to an expert allergist at Midwest ENT Centre to see what medication or combination of medications will work best for your needs.
Pick a Good Time of Day
Pollen counts peak around mid-morning and through the afternoon, so we recommend an early morning, late afternoon or evening workout. Check the local forecast or the National Allergy Bureau’s website to see when pollen counts are lowest in your area.
Check the Weather
Not only does the time of day affect pollen counts, but also the weather. Avoid working out outside if it’s a dry, windy day, as pollen can travel far and wide on days like this. Try to work out outside right after a rainstorm, after the pollen has been washed from the air or when it is cloudy and still.
Wear Protective Items
Protective items can keep allergens from getting into your eyes, nose and mouth. For example, you can wear a hat, wraparound sunglasses or even a face mask.
Take a Shower Afterward
Immediately after working out outside, be sure to take a shower. This will get allergens off your person and prevent you from bringing them into your home.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an expert allergist, call Midwest ENT Centre today.