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Ready, Set, Achoo! Tips for Athletes during Allergy Season

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If you are an athlete, you probably know all too well when your allergies kick up. But there is hope! By being prepared and taking the necessary precautions, you should not have to restrict your activity very much.

1. Check the weather. One of the most important tips is to check the weather daily in order to be safe when exercising outside. When you check the weather, you should also check the allergy count. If the pollen, ragweed, or other seasonal allergens are high that day you can adjust the time you workout to help avoid some of the irritants. It is better to work out in the morning or later at night because allergens are usually at the highest count during the middle of the day.

2. Protect yourself. Covering your mouth and nose with a bandana or mask will help reduce the amount of allergens breathed in. Some people don’t think this is fashionable, but it is always an option.

3. Shower after working out. It is important to shower after you get back from exercising. If, for instance, you are allergic to pollen, showering right after a workout helps get the allergens off your clothes and skin so you are not breathing it in all day.

4. Take medication. Despite monitoring the weather and pollen count and showering after exercise, sometimes athletes need to rely on something a little stronger. Many physicians recommend taking antihistamines and other over-the-counter allergy medications to help treat symptoms. Remember to consult with your physician before taking any medication.

5. Exercise indoors. If you are still having issues, moving your workout indoors and avoiding outdoor irritants altogether is the next best option.

Don’t let those allergies stand in your way of training and achieving your dreams. By following these simple tips, exercise and allergies can co-exist.

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