Severe allergies? You can still go outdoors

Participating in Outdoor Activities During the Spring Allergy Season

Dr Paul Rabinowitz Allergies, Healthy Families, Lifestyle, Seasonal Allergies

For any seasonal allergy sufferer, the thought of participating in an outdoor activity during spring time can seem horrifying. But if you take the right precautionary steps you can go out and play a game of kickball, go for an afternoon stroll, or do any other activity while keeping your symptoms under control.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you should always take your allergies into consideration when participating in outdoor activities. Year-round you should constantly check the weather and pollen count before facing the world. Pollen count tends to be at it’s highest between the hours of 5 am and 10 am. The more damp and cloudy days are good conditions since pollen is temporarily washed out of the air.

Severe Allergies

Suffers with severe allergies should always be very careful when participating in a new outdoor activity for the first time, especially those who also have asthma. If you have any choice on where to play, choose pavement areas instead of grassy areas. You may also want to consider water sports; the water keeps pollutants and pollens washed away. Beaches and lakes are said to be more pollen free than pools. Also, for those with eczema, skin irritation is a common symptom of allergy. Hot weather and sun exposure can also result in a breakout.

More Tips

  • Carry a Clean Towel: When you participating in outdoors activities bring a towel along. You can use the towel to wipe away sweat and minimize pollen accumulation. If you’re doing garden work or mowing the lawn it may be best to wear a mask .
  • Bring Protection: Sunglasses can minimize the amount of pollen that could potentially get in your eyes.
  • Take a Shower: When you get in the house take a shower right away and shampoo your hair to wash away the allergens. Toss your clothes into the laundry to wash away the pollen.
  • Take your Meds: As a step of prevention, take your medication daily to keep symptoms away. If sneezing and itchy eyes are a problem, it’s recommended that you take an antihistamine. For nasal congestion, a nasal spray may bring some relief.
  • Check Pollen Count Daily: You should check the pollen count daily around the year, but especially during spring and fall seasons. There are many places where you can get the pollen forecast. When the pollen count is high, it might be best to stay inside.