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What are tips for exercising outdoors if you have allergies?

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Depending on your allergy, you may want to avoid certain parts of the day. Ragweed counts usually peak in early midday, while grass pollen counts are higher in late afternoon and early evening. If you’re in an urban area, winds can bring the pollen in town so that levels peak around midday.

If you go out during high-pollen times, wear a face mask. As soon as you get home, rinse out your nose with saline to get rid of any grains inside. Some nose sprays will make it easier for you to exercise when pollen levels are high.

Avoid outdoor exercise on dry, warm, windy days, which bring the highest pollen levels But high humidity can make it hard to breathe.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “Pollen and Mold Counts.”

American Academy of Allergies Asthma & Immunology: "Reading the Charts."

Lisa Hall, author, Taking Charge of Your Own Health, Harvest House, 2009.

Murray Grossan, MD, ear, nose and throat specialist, Cedars Sinai Medical Building Los Angeles; author, Free Yourself from Sinus and Allergy Problems -- Permanently, Hydro Med, 2010.

Marjorie L. Slankard, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Michael Blaiss, past president, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; practicing allergist, Memphis, TN.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “Pollen and Mold Counts.”

American Academy of Allergies Asthma & Immunology: "Reading the Charts."

Lisa Hall, author, Taking Charge of Your Own Health, Harvest House, 2009.

Murray Grossan, MD, ear, nose and throat specialist, Cedars Sinai Medical Building Los Angeles; author, Free Yourself from Sinus and Allergy Problems -- Permanently, Hydro Med, 2010.

Marjorie L. Slankard, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Michael Blaiss, past president, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; practicing allergist, Memphis, TN.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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