Once past the gusts of rain and cold, the spring allergy knocks at your door. Spring is a beautiful season, full of color, with smells of fresh flowers… and sneezing! More and more people are affected by spring allergy, something that can make us doubt whether we can train outdoors or not.
How does allergy affect the sport?
The most obvious may be sneezing. Not only can be given by the pollen of plants, but also by other substances that swarm through the air or by hairs of certain animals. Allergic people know that this type of sneezing has nothing to do with the typical cold, because they will not occur in isolation, but will appear very quickly. So when you think about going for a run, you know you’re going to have to carry a tissue armory with you.
In the skin it can also be the case that there are rashes, itching or chafing. Normally this type of problems are related to the fabric of our clothes and the influence of the sun, so use the appropriate and protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
And of course, the presence of asthma . Surely it is the most serious symptom that we can suffer when we train, because we can not perform in our totality due to lack of oxygen. Asthma hinders the passage of air, so our lungs are short of oxygen and forces us to stop to recover.
So you can not do outdoor sports?
Yes, of course you can, but you should take into account a series of tips to minimize your sneezing, watery eyes or itchy skin.
- Go out to train first thing in the morning and avoid the windy days. Pollen is not as present in the environment yet, so it will not affect your breathing too much.
- Use masks and glasses. Do not be ashamed! Good sunglasses, special for athletes, will protect your eyes from any substance that floats in the environment. Also, masks or panties will serve to filter the air you breathe and facilitate work to your respiratory system.
- Try not to go to areas with grass. In these areas there is a greater amount of allergens and any contact with the soil could cause an allergic reaction.
Obviously, go to your doctor to assess your level of allergy and can recommend a treatment that will alleviate the symptoms.
In the same way, you can always go to train at a gym to avoid any problem with nature.