According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “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.”
If you’re among this population and wish to start working out outside as the weather improves, below we review how you can do so without experiencing symptoms.
Know Your Triggers
The first thing you should do this season before exercising outdoors is get an allergy test so you know exactly what you’re allergic to. This way, you’ll know what areas of Grant Park to avoid. For example, if you know you’re allergic to tree pollens, you can choose a field with no trees around.
Take Allergy Medication
An over-the-counter allergy medication may help prevent or treat any allergy symptoms caused by exercising outdoors. Talk to an expert allergist at ENT of Georgia North to see what medication or combination of medications will work best for you.
Pick a Good Time
Peak pollen counts occur around mid-morning, so we recommend an early morning, late afternoon or evening workout. You can actually check the National Allergy Bureau’s website to see when pollen counts are highest in your area.
Check the Weather
In addition to the time of day, another factor that influences pollen counts is the weather. You’ll want to avoid working out outside if it’s a dry, windy day, as pollen can travel far and wide on days like this. The best time to work out outside is right after a rainstorm or when it is cloudy and still.
Wear Protective Items
Certain protective items can keep allergens from getting into your eyes, nose and mouth. For example, we recommend wearing a hat, wraparound sunglasses and even a face mask.
Take a Shower Afterward
After working out outside, be sure to take a shower right away, as soon as you get home. This will prevent you from bringing allergens into your home.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an expert allergist, call ENT of Georgia North today.