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10 Outdoor Adventures With Allergies

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Prevent by: If the count is low, take your allergy medicines before setting out.

Once there: If allergy symptoms crop up, it's best to head home and hike on another day.

Challenge #7: The Zoo

The problem: In general, most zoo visitors will probably not be allergic to the animals, because of a lack of exposure.

Preventive action: If you're on allergy medicines, be sure to take them before setting out to the zoo. That's especially true for those with known sensitivity to cats.

Once there: If symptoms bother you once you're there, the best course of action is to leave.

Challenge # 8: Walking in the Rain

The problem: Mold thrives where it’s moist. So if mold kicks up your allergies, avoid walking where sidewalks are covered with moldy vegetation such as leaves and grasses.

Prevent by: Taking any allergy medicines ahead of time can help. Take them along, too.

Once there: If allergy symptoms kick up, get out of the rain, experts say. Or, try your over-the-counter saline nose spray to see if that brings relief.

Challenge #9: Day at the Beach

The problem: It’s not common, but in some people, sun exposure can bring on hives. There may be no physical symptoms, or the skin may have sores.

Prevent by: The general advice to use sunscreen, seek shade, and wear long sleeves applies to those who have the hive-like reaction to the sun, just as it does to others. Take along allergy medicines.

Once there: Antihistamines may help. If the reaction is severe, seek medical help right away.

Challenge #10: Gardening

The problem: Pollen from grasses, shrubs, trees, and weeds can all make gardening a challenge if you have allergies. But you can still enjoy a garden without sneezing.

Prevent by: Focus on plants that rely on insects for pollination, not the wind. That means planting brightly colored flowers, fruit trees, and shrubs. Among allergy-friendly flowering plants are begonia, cactus, daffodil, geranium, pansies, petunias, sunflowers, and phlox. Try St. Augustine grass. Plant azalea, hibiscus, or hydrangea. Allergy-friendly trees include apple, cherry, pear, and red maple. Consider a heavy-duty face mask, hat glasses, gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt, which will all reduce contact with pollen.

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