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Exercising with Seasonal Allergies

Don't Let Allergens Interfere with Your Workouts


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  • Thank you for all the good suggestions and information.
  • Great advice during this allergy season! Thanks
  • I sometimes have to work out with a cloth mask when allergy season is in full bloom (literally) to protect myself. This is true even in a gym.
    This is going to sound crazy but I started using nasal filters. I had heard about them and researched them online. The ones I got are called WoodyNose but there are others. It takes a few days to get accustomed but I can go out now and no sinus headaches!
  • 4++ dust allergy and a 4++ pollen allergy. I have to exercise inoutdoors lol

    A lot of other good suggestions though.
  • I just use my inhaler before every run (indoor and outdoor, because my seasonal allergies are year-round and indoor/outdoor) and bring lots of tissues in my spi belt.
    The only problem is that some of us have indoor and outdoor allergies. Simply switching locations doesn't always help. But this article has a lot of good tips I hadn't thought of!
    When my nose runs, I catch it - sometimes, I burn quite a few calories that way!
  • You should add giving up dairy products as a way to help reducing the affects of allergies. My allergies are very severe and this is one thing that has really helped me. Dairy products increase mucous production in the body, and if you've got allergies that's the one thing you don't need more of! I gave up dairy a year ago, and while my allergies didn't vanish, I had fewer really BAD days, and they were less severe. To me, that's a serious win!
  • Somedays, mine are so bad that I drip almost continuously which makes it hard to workout at the Y. If I take an antihistamine to dry things up, I then don't sweat so it's a lose-lose situation.
  • i'm so miserable! i also spent a day riding bikes in the park, and on the way home i started sneezing and could not stop. I have been exercising indoors since then and it seems to help. It's hard to get motivated to workout when you feel awful, but I'm always glad I did.
  • Aw yes, too little too late. I took a bike ride last week when tree pollens were off the charts and started a nasty bout with asthma. Tues. laryngitis, Wed. doc and then on to steroids and cough syrup (sleep blessed sleep). Thurs better but no exercise until today. Yesterday, allergist and a readjustment of meds and some helpful advice. Putting my nebulizer to work again and am breathing a lot better. Take care of yourself and you can exercise AND breathe.
  • I find that working out helps lessen the symptoms of my seasonal allergies. Once I get moving, I'm good. When I stop, though, the symptoms come back full-force.

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