Cascades of sneezing, runny nose or eyes that itch? If you have allergies, it is not fun to be running in the pollen season – but you can take some precautions that can make your run more comfortable. We have collected 8 tips for people who have allergies.
1. Plan your runs when pollen numbers are low
According to doctors, pollen is in the air around the clock to a greater or lesser extent in the pollen season – but in general there are more pollen in the daytime and fewer at night. Some pollen types, such as mugwort pollens has a large fluctuation during the day.
Always local pollen numbers by searching online.
2. Know your pollen limit
There is a big difference in how high the concentration of pollen must be before you can feel it. Periodically check the pollen data, and notice when you experience symptoms, so you know your pollen limit. You can still run outside with no problems when the pollen count is below your limit.
3. Reduce the risk of itchy eyes
If you are prone to allergies with itchy and watery eyes during the pollen season, you can run with sunglasses that fits the face tightly. Visit a sporting goods store and find the pair that fits you best. It can also help to drip your eyes with antihestimin, one hour before running.
4. Do not run on windy days
The wind spreads the pollen in the air, so run indoors the days when the wind is worst – sometimes days after a windy day can also be bad for your allergies.
5. Take a bath right after your run
The worst allergy symptoms often occur an hour after you have been exposed to pollen. Reduce symptoms by taking a bath and jump into clean clothes as soon as you get back from your run.
6. Do not run out, if you’re tired
The immune system tends to react faster and more powerful, if you’re tired and worn out – so if you still think that you have the strength for physical activity, consider whether it can be done inside
7. Cover the nose and mouth
If you are badly affected by allergies, consider covering your nose and mouth with a mask or bandana – that way you get significantly less pollen in the nose and lungs.
8. Run after a cloudburst
The best time to run in the pollen season is after a proper cloudburst. The rain will force the pollen to the ground, so the air is cleansed for some of the pollen.
Now, get out there and boost your health – don’t let your allergies limit you! Let us know if you have any other tips in the comments.