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Exercise And Allergy

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People with pollen allergy find great difficulty to stay outside their homes, even for a short while, and it may represent a huge challenge for one to think of exercising outside in the morning, when the pollen is in highest counts.

Morning, outdoor exercises should not trigger any problems/symptoms with the right types of medications, even in bad cases. But to make your usual exercise habits less itchy and easy, there are a few things to keep in mind before thinking of an outdoor workout.

1- Identify your pollen:

Understanding the type of pollen that you are allergic to, and knowing your allergy triggers are the most important factors for keeping you healthy and reducing the symptoms. Knows these two factors, you will be able to avoid allergy triggers and reduce them symptoms whenever it is possible.

2- Keep an eye on daily pollen count:

Following a certain forecast or a website that provides pollen count for different plants “flowers, weeds, trees, mold…etc.”, will help you avoid going out at times when your triggers are widespread.

3- Pollen at dawn and dusk:

Consider the fact that pollen is widespread between 5 AM - 10 AM, and the count arises again by dusk time. So, try to not go out at these periods if you are too allergic, and exercise at 10 AM if you are not.

4- Wear protective mask:

If you like exercising in the early morning, try to wear medical masks that are designed especially to filter pollen, and don’t forget your sunglasses to protect your eyes as well.

5- Don’t neglect your medication:

It is wrong to wait until the season arrives, then start your treatment plan. It is always better to start it weeks before the allergy triggers appear, and you should watch the weather for any changes.

When the season is already here, take your medicines with you as in the early morning you may suffer irritating symptoms that will surely ruin your workout. To avoid that, protect your nose and eyes and use special solutions to rinse your nose and eyes from pollen. The medication is usually recommended by your doctor, and he should also advise you whether you can go for a morning exercise or not.

6- Watch the weather before going out:

Follow accurate weather forecast to know which days are suitable and which are not. Avoid going out in dry, hot and windy days as these climates usually cause the highest pollen count. You may also avoid humid times as you will experience difficulty breathing with swollen nose/throat.
Instead, seek rainy days for outdoor exercise as the rain clears the atmosphere around from pollen and dust.

7- Never exercise near mold:

Mold usually causes high risk of infection due to the germs and bacteria spreading all around the place where it is. It causes acute symptoms and may turn into chronic respiratory and kidney diseases, if you are living in area where there is mold or forests.

8- Choose your exercise and place:

One who would think of running or playing tennis outside with severe allergy symptoms, is totally unwise and harming their body. The type of exercise should be chosen according to the degree of symptoms. Exercises where there is water, such as swimming or wave surfing, are perfect for rinsing pollen off your body and building up your muscles. But you should be wary of swimming pools as the sanitizing chlorine in water often triggers asthma and allergy symptoms, so immediately leave the pool if you can’t breath.

Continuous running activities are usually better than start-and-stop activities, like tennis, but in most cases avoid both and choose bicycling and aerobics. 

It is always better to exercise near the sea instead of forests and gardens. The place will be a bit humid, but more healthy for your eyes and nose as the air there won’t contain as much pollen as in gardens.