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A Runner’s Guide To Allergies

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Avoid reactions...make yearly appointments with your allergist to find out what you are allergic to to prevent a serious reaction.

  • Some runners can go into anaphylactic shock during pollen season if their allergies are untreated.
  •  If you have a serious allergy to pollen...
    • Carry a cell phone with you while running
    • Inform a friend or family member of your running route
    • Talk to a physician about other precautionary steps you can take to avoid any issues with allergies

Early Spring & Fall are the worst time for runners with allergies because of the mixture of cold weather and pollen.

  • This combination can cause exercise-induced asthma.
    • Typically, after 5 to 10 minutes of vigorous exercise has stopped is when you will see symptoms (asthma or an anaphylactic reaction) triggered 
    • By wearing a face mask or putting a scarf over your mouth and nose, you can filtrate the air around you. This will also keep your mouth and nose from drying out. You can always run indoors on a treadmill, as well!

Talk to your physician about what medication to take to control your allergies.

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