With winter finally behind us, the last thing most of us want is to be cooped up inside. But for many, the advent of spring is the start of allergy season. Typically seasonal allergies starts in March or April, depending on where you live and can last for up to eight weeks.
I don’t have allergies, but my husband does. He doesn’t think of it as a disability – more as an annoyance with some days worse than others. By following the tips below, he is able to help mitigate his response.
Here are 5 things you can do that will help you stay active during allergy season.
- Find out exactly what it is you are allergic to so you can learn to identify the type of vegetation that sets you off. It’s usually trees, especially birch, oak, elm and maple but grasses are a real problem for many people as well. Interestingly, flowers per se aren’t as much of an issue. Allergy testing is more sophisticated than it was years ago, so consider getting tested or re-tested so you have very specific information to work with. Once you have the facts you are armed and you can at the very least practice avoidance of the offending vegetation.
- Track the pollen counts. If it’s a particularly high pollen count day, choose something like swimming where there are likely to be fewer allergens present. In general pollen counts are high on sunny, windy and warm days and lower on cloudy and rainy days. Exercising after a rainstorm is usually a really good time to go. Be sure to follow @ReactineCA on Twitter to check out your local pollen forecast before starting your day.
- Timing can be important. Dawn and dusk are usually the worst time for tree pollen whereas grass pollen generally peaks in the afternoon into early evening. Late morning is often the best time to be active.
- Wash away the pollen. After you’ve been outside, have a shower and change your clothes. If you’ve got pets, particularly outdoor ones, hose them down on high pollen count days. At home, close the windows to keep the pollen out.
- Choose activities that avoid the allergens. Not everyone lives close to the mountains, but if you do, head for the hills and hike high where pollen counts are usually low, because of the scarcity of trees. How about some spring skiing? Or beach walking? Be creative and consider what you like to do – and where you could do it, with fewer allergens.
On the days when it seems like nothing you do provides relief – yet you still want to get outside – you could consider taking REACTINE®. It can start to work in as little as 20 minutes. Follow the instruction on the package and check with your doctor if you have any concerns.