Spring is here, and so is warmer weather, which has many skipping the gym and instead opting to workout outdoors. Unfortunately, for people with allergies, this can be challenging. We review tips for outdoor exercise when you have allergies below.
Identify Your Triggers
An allergy test can reveal exactly what you’re allergic to, which can help you practice avoidance.
While you may need to avoid areas that you know have allergens you’re reactive to, it may be the case that all you need to do is adjust when you work out. For example, if you’re allergic to ragweed pollen or mold spores, consider going on a run in the very early morning or later in the evening, as these allergens tend to peak in the late morning/afternoon.
Take Allergy Medications
Many people benefit from allergy medications such as daily antihistamines, decongestants and steroid nasal sprays. Talk to your doctor to determine what combination would work best for managing your symptoms.
Wear Face Masks and Sunglasses
While COVID-19 restrictions may be lifting, it’s been shown that wearing a face mask decreases allergy symptoms by blocking allergens from being inhaled. This is because allergens tend to be much larger particles than the germs the face masks protect you from. Similarly, wearing sunglasses during an outdoor workout can help prevent allergens from entering your eyes.
Shower & Change After Your Workout
The last thing you want to do is track allergens into your home. After you finish your workout, be sure to take a shower and change out of your workout clothes right away.
Talk to Your Doctor About Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is a long-term solution for managing allergy symptoms. Available in both shot and drop form, it works by introducing small amounts of allergen extracts into your body to help your immune system build up a tolerance over time.
If you have not yet started an allergy treatment program, contact our office for an appointment.
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