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Managing Seasonal Allergies when Exercising Outdoors 0

 

Exercising outdoor during the cold season might trigger various allergies due to the weather and prevalent allergens in the air, but this should not stop you from working out and keeping fit.

 

Here are some tips to help you plan and strategize your workout so you don't have to be stuck working out indoors:

  1. Know your allergens. Are you allergic to pollen, molds, or spores? Identify what triggers your allergy and take note of your symptoms for better management.
  2. Check the pollen count. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology has a pollen count tracker for trees, mold, weeds, and grass across the U.S. Also check your local weather forecast and avoid exercising outdoors on dry, warm, and windy days which bring the highest pollen levels.
  3. Time your exercise. Pollen count is highest between 5:00AM and 10:00am, and at dusk, so best to plan your workout outside these hours. If unavoidable, wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of pollen. Wearing sunglasses can also help if your eyes are sensitive to pollen.
  4. Plan your workout accordingly. Pick a workout that is less prone to trigger an allergic symptom, and pick an area with less concentrations of allergens and irritants. You can also opt for a sheltered area outdoors for better protection from allergens.
  5. Take your meds before heading out. If you have a prescription, don’t forget to take it before heading out to lessen the chances of an allergy attack. Also have one ready on-hand in case needed.

 

For extra measure, Cottonique offers an active lifestyle clothing line so that you won’t need to worry about itching through your exercise routine.

Seasonal allergies need not be a hindrance to your active lifestyle. Just follow these tips and you’ll be breezing through the outdoors in comfort and allergy-free.

How to Prevent Fall Season Allergies? 0

 

As fall season rolls in, it can also mean new allergy triggers are at bay. Amidst the reds, yellows, and oranges that dominates the Autumn months, Ragweed allergies are at its peak as it is the biggest allergy trigger during fall season.

Ragweed usually produces pollen during August to October and dispersed in the wind, causing allergic reactions. Most people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed, and foods like bananas, melon, and zucchini can also cause allergic symptoms to ragweed-sensitive individuals. Mold is another suspect to fall allergies as humidity increases.

 

What are the common symptoms of fall allergies?

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny Nose
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itchiness around the eyes and nose

 

How can I prevent it?

  • Carry a face mask around. It will be highly useful on windy days as well as when raking leaves outside.
  • Keep your windows closed at home and use a dehumidifier.
  • Try drying your clothes with a dryer instead of airing them outside as it can gather pollens this way.
  • Brush off pollen from your body by taking a shower frequently.
  • Remove decaying and deposited leaves on your yard and gutters as they can be home to molds and pollen.
  • Clean your heating vents and filters before turning them on.
  • Stay indoors when pollen is at peak, which is usually during late morning or midday. Check pollen counts in your area to be guided.

 

If you are not sure if you allergic to these common fall triggers, it is best to visit your doctor or allergist for a skin test to identify which allergens trigger your symptoms.