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Keeping up your game with allergic rhinitis

Exercise is meant to help us move forward, but sometimes allergens can get in the way. However, if you are prepared, allergic rhinitis doesn’t have to wreak havoc. Here are a few tips to help you get on the front foot:

Check the seasons38

Pollen seasons are predictable, although they might vary by a few days from year to year. So if you know that you're allergic to a certain type of pollen, find out when the season starts in your area. Then you can start taking your medicine before the pollen flies, and anticipate problems by practicing the other tips below39.

Watch the weather:

Information about your local pollen level is available on the Internet or in your local paper. If pollen counts are supposed to be particularly high on a given day, you can play it safe by staying inside. In general, pollen counts are highest on warm and breezy mornings and low on cool and rainy days40.

Choose your time.

The time of day you choose for outdoor exercise matters. "If you can, exercise in the morning or late in the evening as most pollen levels peak early afternoon41.

Protect your eyes and lungs

To block pollen and other irritants from getting into your system during outdoor exercise, some people exercise with a mask or bandanna over their nose and mouth. Another trick is to wear goggles to protect your eyes from irritation from allergies42.

Change your clothes and shower after outdoor exercise.

During pollen season, your clothing and hair could be covered with pollen. So when you get home, it's not a bad idea to strip off your clothes and toss them in the laundry. You could also take a shower to rinse off any allergen left on your skin or in your hair43.