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Allergy Tips: Your Outdoor Exercise Checklist

Skipping outdoor exercise during allergy season? Our allergy tips can help get you active outdoors.

Allergy Treatment With Medicine

Controlling your exposure to allergens during outdoor exercise can help, but it might not be enough to prevent allergy symptoms. For many people with allergies, prevention goes hand in hand with medicine.

"We really have very little control over our exposure to outdoor allergens," says Kelkar. "So while taking precautions is fine, I put more stress on allergy treatment with medicines."

Ask your doctor how you should use your medicine before outdoor exercise. For instance, you'll probably want to take antihistamines and allergy treatment at least an hour before you start working out. Nasal steroid sprays need even longer -- about a day -- before they fully take effect. Your doctor will likely recommend that you take your medicine daily for the duration of the allergy season.

The important thing is not to limit your life because of allergy symptoms. Too many people allow their allergies to whittle away their lives. They used to love taking hikes, or golfing with friends, or playing tag with their kids in the yard. But now they sit inside for a whole season of the year -- or more -- homebound by their allergies. It doesn't have to be that way.

"Don't suffer with allergy symptoms," says Windom. "Don't sniffle and sneeze your life away. See an allergist and get treatment."

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Reviewed on January 14, 2008

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