Tips for Spending Time Outside for People with Allergies

AdobeStock_102815650_small.jpgEven if seasonal allergies leave you feeling miserable, you probably still want to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Who wants to be shut inside all day? Well, there are some tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors even if you suffer from seasonal allergies.

Know what you’re allergic to!

There are so many types of pollen out there, and it’s possible that you could be allergic to more than one kind. If you aren’t sure, your doctor can have you tested to identify exactly what is triggering those symptoms.

Avoid being outside during peak pollen times.

It might seem like early morning would be the best time to be outside, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies from tree pollen this just isn’t the case. These pollen levels are at their highest between 5:00 am and 10:00 am. If it’s possible, plan outdoor activities for later in the day. For grass pollens, early afternoon and evenings are when those levels are highest.

Pay attention to pollen counts!

Most weather apps will not only tell you when it’s likely to rain but also how much pollen is in the air and from what sources! Paying attention this way can help you know when to move activities like exercise indoors.

Cover up.

If you need to be outside, shielding yourself is a good line of defense. This can mean sunglasses, hats, long sleeves, and pants, etc. If you’re concerned about getting overheated though, linen clothing is a great option.

Change your outfit when you come inside.

Those layers that were protecting you from the pollen can bring those tiny little allergens inside with you. Changing into a fresh outfit once you're indoors is a great way to reduce or eliminate this problem!

Shower before bed.

Or if you know that you’re in for the night, go ahead and shower off any allergens that made it onto your skin and into your hair. This will help keep them from irritating you while you sleep.

Be consistent with your medications.

If you take allergy relief medications, be consistent and even start a little early. Don’t wait until you are suffering - if you start the medications ahead of time, you’re more likely to reduce those irritating symptoms.

If you try all of this but still suffer through allergy season, give us a call! We’re happy to talk about treatment options tailored specifically to your needs.