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How to Deal With Seasonal Allergies, Asthma and Exercise

Tis the season for seasonal allergies – ragweed, mold (from soggy leaves) and dust mites galore! When you suffer from itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, runny nose, or allergy induced-asthma, exercising your body is far from top on your list. Here are some tips to help allergy sufferers still get in a workout.

  • As beautiful as it is outside, you're better off exercising inside. When you huff and puff while doing cardio outside, you're only inhaling the allergens that are bothering you. Join a gym or use your home treadmill or elliptical to keep up with your cardio.
  • Take your allergy medicine as directed. Even if you're not having symptoms, when taken daily, many of those prescriptions help to prevent attacks if and when your body does come in contact with enemy allergens. Those meds can control your symptoms before they start.
  • Want to hear the other tips? Then

    • I got this great tip from my allergist: If you have asthma, and you use a rescue inhaler like Albuterol, take a puff or two before you do any cardio. It'll allow you to take deeper breaths, and may prevent an asthma attack.
    • If you are prone to asthma attacks, keep your inhaler close by while you workout, just in case you need it.
    • Try to breath through your nose while exercising, since the nose hairs act as a natural filter. Is your nose is stuffed, take a steamy shower before working out, or try using a neti pot to clear out any mucus.
    • If your symptoms are really bad, do some light exercise inside like a fitness DVD, yoga, weight lifting, or walking on a treadmill.


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purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
allergies are the main reason i exercise indoors. and exercise helps control my allergy-induced-asthma (as long as i'm taking my meds, too). but i always have my inhaler handy. i'm a worrier, so if i try to exercise outside, i have to have my inhaler, epi pen, cell phone (for emergencies), id, house key, and tunes. if i'm at the gym, i don't need to worry about bees, so i just need my inhaler and tunes...much less crap to haul.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't have asthma, but I'm pretty much the poster child for seasonal allergies. I didn't develop them until I was 22 years old...and they SUCK!!!! If I don't take my allergy medications, I can hardly leave the house, I'm THAT miserable. I do find showering and moving around allergies seem worse when I lay down. I know it sounds strange, but sometimes I feel better after eating too. Weird.
Monoka Monoka 9 years
hey ashcwebb! i feel your pain, i sometimes wish i didnt have to take my inhaler anywhere, but i need to have it close by(just in case). I wish you all the best :) and thanks for the healthy tips, im going to try the hot shower before i run, to clear all my sinus LOL
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have severe athsma and allergies and it really does suck. Just recently I have been able to run (when I was little there was no chance of that happening as I would get too sick). Definalty taking my puffer before I hit the treadmill helps me out. But it really does suck having a constently runny nose and coughing and wheezing...I wish someday there will be a cure for my athsma...until then I'm just trying to stick it out :(
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
My allergies have been out of control today. I'm a sneezing, drippy mess. Allergies suck.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I couldn't deal if this affected me. I see so many people around me miserable form allergies and wonder how they cope!
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