If you have allergies, you might feel like outdoor exercise detracts from your health more than it adds. Exercise is supposed to make you feel good. But if a quick jog or a bike ride leaves you wheezing, sneezing, and feeling miserable for hours afterwards, how healthy can it be?
But all of us -- allergic or not -- need to exercise regularly for our overall health. And the good news is that you can, even if you're exposed to outdoor allergens.
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If the person has an epinephrine injector, don’t wait to use it, even if you aren’t sure the symptoms are allergy-related. It won’t hurt him and may save his life. The drug will stop symptoms for a few minutes, but it isn’t a cure. Call 911, even if he seems to be OK after getting the epinephrine. He may need more medical treatment.
How to Use Epinephrine
This strong, fast-acting medication is given with an easy-to-use auto-injector. It's available by prescription only.
Inject the drug at the first sign of a reaction, and call 911 right away. Don’t move the person unless he’s in an unsafe place.
Have him sit down, lie down, or stay in the most comfortable position for breathing.
Be aware that epinephrine can make you feel jumpy, boost your heart rate and make you feel a little sick. It won’t last long if it happens.
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