One month from today is the KDF mini-marathon! If your spring allergies are getting in the way of your training, you may find relief by trying the following:
- ANTIHISTAMINES: Consider taking an oral or nasal antihistamine. (Be sure to hydrate, as antihistamines can have a drying effect and leave you feeling dehydrated sooner than usual.)
- WEATHER: Avoid running at peak pollen times. Check your local allergen forecast online (Pollen.com, AAAAI.org, Weather.com) or use an allergy app on your smartphone. Also, it is better to run after a rain, as opposed to clear, windy days, as there is often less pollen in the air.
- CLOTHING: After running, immediately launder your clothing, take a shower and wash your hair to help minimize your exposure to outdoor pollen.
- SALINE: Try using a saline spray or a neti pot to clear your nasal passages.
- AIR POLLUTION: It is best to run indoors when an ozone alert is issued. Common air pollutants can make it difficult to breath, especially for those suffering with asthma and severe allergies.
- LONG-TERM: Seeing a board-certified allergist can prove helpful in the long run, as he/she can decipher what allergens trigger your symptoms and develop a plan to help your symptoms and needs.
Call us at (502) 882-2063 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Damin and his team at Allergy Partners.