Allergy Tips for Outdoor Living
Do allergies keep you indoors on nice days?
Try these tips to enjoy outdoor living, gardening, and hiking despite your
Thick of It: Is the grass getting high? Wear a mask if you're mowing.
Nothing fancy -- an inexpensive painter's mask works fine. High and Dry: Pollen counts are highest on hot, dry, windy days.
Check the forecast before making plans. Good Scents, Bad Sense: Allergic to insect stings? Don't wear
scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products. Carry an epi pen when
hiking. Orange or Red Alert? Skip outdoor exercise. High pollution levels
make allergens even more potent. Born to Run? Move the morning jog (or walk) to evening. Peak pollen
and mold time is 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Soothe the Itch: Relief itching from poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Put
wet compresses on the rash. Calamine lotion or antihistamine pills also
help. Got Sunglasses? Don't forget to wear them. Shades keep pollen out of
eyes -- plus they protect against harmful UV rays. Checking In: Does a quick jog or a bike ride leave you wheezing and
sneezing? Before heading out, check pollen counts. Or join a gym. Poison Plant Smarts: Don't let your pets run in wooded areas near
poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac. They can
carry the oil home on their fur. Preemptive Attack: Next year, get the jump on allergies. Start
allergy medications a few weeks before pollen season starts. Back-Up Plan: Warm, breezy mornings have the highest pollen counts.
Cool, rainy days have the lowest. If you love the outdoors, plan your days. Ragweed Alert: If you're allergic to spring pollens, you're likely
sensitive to ragweed in the fall. Ragweed flourishes this time of year Just Do It: Love hiking, golfing, biking? Don't let allergies control
your life. See an allergist. Treatment makes all the difference. Weather Alert: When a thunderstorm rolls through, prepare for an
allergy attack. The wind stirs up mold spores and tiny pollen particles. Rake It In? If you're allergic to mold, avoid raking
leaves -- or wear a mask. Store firewood outside. Shower With Love: Pets bring pollen indoors. It's best to hose down
the dog before letting him inside. Pollen Patrol: At the end of the day, a spritz of saline spray clears
pollen from nasal lining -- so you breathe easier. Drizzly Days: On cool rainy days, pollen count is lowest. Dress right
for the drizzle -- and enjoy your run or walk. What's a little rain? Bundle Up: Cold air can irritate sensitive airways. If you're
exercising outdoors on a cold day, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf. Face Mask: If you run, put a bandana over your nose and mouth. Wear
goggles. This protects lungs and eyes from allergens.