While allergens can slow a person down there are ways to limit exposure.
The following tips are offered by Karen Braswell, an exercise physiologist at Smith Crossing, a senior living community in Orland Park and Anju Peters, associate professor of medicine in the Sinus and Allergy Center At Northwestern University.
• Before going out, especially to exercise, check the pollen count or allergen watch online, says Peters. The Weather Channel at weather.com lets you put in your ZIP code for more personalized information.
• If taking over-the-counter medication for allergy symptoms look for a newer generation non-sedating antihistamine, Peters says.
• Try a saline rinse, Peters suggests. They are available over the counter, very safe and can help move allergens out of the nasal passages.
• If allergic to pollen or other outdoor allergens keep windows closed and indoor air circulating, Peters says.
• After spending time outside or exercising, change clothing so you aren't carrying allergens around, Braswell suggests.
• If outdoors, wear sunglasses to reduce the risk of allergens bothering the eyes, Peters says.