10 Ways to Enjoy Outdoors Despite Allergies

10 Ways to Enjoy Outdoors Despite Allergies

Blooming flowers, hot weather and longer days, summers are at their peak. This is the ideal time to cultivate hobbies like swimming, gardening, camping and biking. Those were probably our holiday plans this summer. While most people enjoy this season to the fullest, there are people for whom this season is a menace! And no, its not about sweating and dehydration. Its about the allergies that the spring brought about with it and rains will only worsen them! Pollen count rises with temperature and so will the allergies associated with it. So what to do? Stop living our life? No, that’s not an option. Why are we not going to enjoy swimming and going out like others? We will, with the help of the following tips.

Pollen Count

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Mainly allergies are caused by pollen or mold spores. So to avoid hype in your symptoms, its better to keep a tab on the pollen count. You could achieve this by following the weather forecast. The pollen count can be interpreted to know what to expect if you go out! Weather plays an important role in worsening your condition. Hot, dry and windy weather will help the pollen to travel easily and will play havoc for allergy sufferers!

Know Your Allergy

Before you guess and assume what you are allergic to, allow an allergist to examine you and draw a conclusion for you! Many people just go by what others are doing and avoid check ups. See, now that’s not gonna help you. Don’t assume things and restrict yourself to believing in facts! The doctor’s prescription is proof enough that you need medications and follow the dos and dont’s as prescribed by him.

Go Out Late

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Mornings are the worst for allergy sufferers. Pollen effects begin by dawn and are heightened till late morning. Wanna go out for a nice summer day? Wait till lunch at-least. You are not going to regret postponing your plans to later in the day. Allergy symptoms are most likely to lessen if you miss being out in the morning!

Activity Level

More taxing activities will need more oxygen. Its not a science class, relax. The point here is that the more you exert, the more you need to breathe in and more will be the intake of pollen in your lungs. The result as expected, will be more symptoms of allergy. So to avoid this go for less toilsome exercises in the morning or reserve the more strenuous ones for indoors like running (on treadmill). The least you can do is schedule them for the evening instead!

Dress Appropriately

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Its hot and you don’t want to bear the brunt of sun’s heat as it is. So hats and sunglasses are a compulsory tag along. They won’t only spare you from the harsh sun but also from attracting pollen to your hair and eyes! If you are going to be in close contact of pollen (while gardening) consider wearing a pollen mask to avoid it sticking to your throat.

Take a Bath

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 Ha Ha! No, we are not saying that you are filthy! What we mean is that after you come back home, remove shoes outside and take a bath (especially if in close contact of pollen). This will prevent you from carrying pollen with you whole day. Another thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the washed clothes should not be hung outside for drying. It will attract all the more pollen and you’ll be more prone to exhibit allergy symptoms.

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Dress Appropriately

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Its hot and you don’t want to bear the brunt of sun’s heat as it is. So hats and sunglasses are a compulsory tag along. They won’t only spare you from the harsh sun but also from attracting pollen to your hair and eyes! If you are going to be in close contact of pollen (while gardening) consider wearing a pollen mask to avoid it sticking to your throat.

Friendly Plants

Friendly Plants

People, who have a garden or lawn of their own, will be more in contact with pollen. So take measures such that it doesn’t make matters worse. Plant your greens carefully. Choose plants that are more friendly to you and won’t trigger your allergies. Apple, cherry, pear, lilacs and dogwoods should be your preference for the garden. Strictly keep away from plants like conifers, birch, maple, hickory, oaks and elms. They generate more pollen and will worsen your condition. After all who wants to plant their own enemy!

Keeping in One Place

This is for pollen full clothes! Remember the hats, shoes and scarves you wore while you were out, they are full of pollen! Keeping this stuff back in your wardrobe will enable the pollen to spread around. Make sure you keep these pollen affected things at one place and wash them soon enough. Also avoid putting them outside as it will attract more of them. Consider taking a shower as soon as you get home.

Medications

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There are medicines to treat these allergies. Talk to your doctor to know which ones to take. Some start working within 8-12 hours and are taken prior to leaving home. Others are to taken for days and weeks to prevent symptoms. Get yourself thoroughly checked before taking any of these. They are to be taken as per your need. Try not to be a physician yourself and consider getting in touch with a reliable one!

Traveling

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Be prepared to attract more pollen while traveling. Beaches are altogether a different bid. Otherwise while visiting a new place you will encounter new allergens. Try to travel in a car with closed windows to minimize the risk of attracting pollen through wind! Also don’t forget to pack your medicines in your HANDBAG and not in the luggage so as to ensure easy access!

Don’t restrict yourself from going out in the allergy season. Instead beat these allergens by following these tips. We hope they have proven helpful to you. We will be back with more health tips till then take care, Sayonara!

 

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